Beginning in the 1870s, America's economy grew at its fastest rate in history. Corruption and excess kept pace. Robber barons such as Vanderbilt, Carnegie and Rockefeller indulged themselves by buying $15,000 diamond collars for their dogs and installing hot and cold running sea water at their "cottages" in Newport beach. While the rich partied, the poor who worked for them wore rags and starved in tenements. For relief, the urban poor turned to political machines such as Tammany Hall. The middle class wrestled with temperance movements and women's suffrage – and keeping their balance on that new fad, the bicycle. The era spawned some of the most colorful characters in American history: Boss Tweed, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, Victoria Woodhull, who was the first woman to run for president, and Mark Twain, who coined the term, "the Gilded Age." Indulge yourself in this era and learn why "all that glitters is not gold."