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What Life Was Like For Poor People During The “Golden Ages” Of History

A Golden Age is defined as being a period of “peace, prosperity, and happiness.” Early Greek and Roman poets used the phrase to describe how people lived in an almost idealized time and place. It is a point in history where art, science, and philosophy thrive, and where economic growth is unparalleled.

There have been many Golden Ages throughout history. And while many (particularly the wealthy) thrived in these environments, the lower classes were still dramatically poorer, working hard for very little in return. Poverty was common during the Gilded Age and the Renaissance, and peasants were heavily taxed during the Enlightenment. And while many Americans were driving cars during the Roaring ’20s, others struggled just to make a living.

 

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