Click here for the Wikipedia article on The Gilded Age.
Click here to learn about American women during The Gilded Age at the U.S. History.org site.
Howells, William Dean, The Hazards of New Fortunes, Harper and Brothers, New York, 1890, available free on-line from Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/4600). The novel is set in New York City during the same period as The Violet Strange Mysteries.
Wharton, Edith, “The Bunner Sisters”, originally printed in Scribner’s Magazine 60 (Oct. 1916): 439-58; 60 (Nov. 1916): 575-96, available free on-line at the Literature Reference (http://www.online-literature.com/wharton/). The story is set in New York City and shows how difficult life could be for women during that era.
Click here to read about New York City’s Central Park’s history at the park’s website.
The Stanford History Education Group’s Gilded Age history lesson page with overview and links to full lesson contents.
The U.S. Library of Congress has a draftsman’s drawing of incredible detail of New York City in 1905. At their website, you can zoom into any area of the drawing to view the amazing representations of elevated railways, streets, tram tracks, parks, building facades, ships…