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Many Americans thought the nation faced a host of problems at the end of the Gilded Age—the last decades of the 19th century. Growth of the steel, coal, railroad, and other industries had made the United States an industrial power. Many business leaders had grown fabulously wealthy. But most ordinary Americans did not share in this prosperity. Factory workers were denied rights and good wages. Women were treated unfairly. African Americans were subject to the injustices of segregation and violence.