Stereotypes in the Gilded Age
During the Gilded Age, Stereotypes were a huge problem.
Mark Twain used stereotypes to help describe the Gilded age in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
During the Gilded Age political cartoons were widely used to express the widespread negative opinions about Irish immigrants. The Irish were stereotyped as uncivilized, unskilled and impoverished and were forced to work at the least desired occupations and live in crowded ethnic ghettoes. They lived in places called "poor houses" because of the stereotype.
This here is a picture that represents the jezebel stereotype. The portrayal of black women as lascivious by nature is an enduring stereotype. The Jezebel stereotype was used during slavery as a rationalization for sexual relations between white men and black women, especially sexual unions involving slavers and slaves. The black woman was named a Jezebel whore.
The Word "Coon" was used to call black people. It is an abbreviation of the animal raccoon and was such a dehumanizing word to call a human being. A coon was seen as a lazy, easily frightened, chronically idle,