Mark Twain wrote during the time period from approximately 1860 to 1900, commonly known as the Gilded Age. Change defined these years as America industrialized, urbanized, and expanded. Along with the change came an array of social problems, which produced a dichotomy between the outward success of the changes and the inward turmoil wrought on society.
Vales '04, Sarah, ""Everybody Drinks Water": Mark Twain's Critique of Social Darwinism" (2004). Honors Projects, History. 2.