The Gilded Age: Perspectives on the Origins of Modern America

The Gilded Age: Perspectives on the Origins of Modern America

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The United States that entered the twentieth century was vastly different from the nation that emerged from the Civil War. Industrialization, mass immigration, the growing presence of women in the work force, and the rapid advance of the cities had transformed American society.

Broad in scope, The Gilded Age brings together sixteen original essays that offer lively syntheses of modern scholarship while making their own interpretive arguments. These engaging pieces allow students to consider the various societal, cultural and political factors that make studying the Gilded Age crucial to our understanding of America today. Charles W. Calhoun connects all of these essays with a comprehensive introduction that places each article in an understandable historical context. For the second edition of this successful book, each essay was revised and three new pieces have been added that explore technology, consumerism, intellectual life, and race in late nineteenth century America.

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ISBN-13: 9780742581685
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/11/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 402
Sales rank: 430,179
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Charles W. Calhoun received his doctorate in history from Columbia University. He is professor of history at East Carolina University, and author of Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869–1900, Benjamin Harrison, and Gilded Age Cato: The Life of Walter Q. Gresham.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Industrialization and the Rise of Big Business
Chapter 2: Technology and America as a Consumer Society, 1870–1900
Chapter 3: American Workers and the Labor Movement in the Late Nineteenth Century
Chapter 4: The Immigrant Experience in the Gilded Age
Chapter 5: Urbanizing America
Chapter 6: Women in Industrializing America
Chapter 7: The African-American Experience
Chapter 8: Native American Resistance and Accommodation during the Late Nineteenth Century
Chapter 9: The Influence of Commerce, Technology, and Race on Popular Culture in the Gilded Age
Chapter 10: Cultural and Intellectual Life in the Gilded Age
Chapter 11: The Political Culture: Public Life and the Conduct of Politics
Chapter 12: Party Conflict: Republicans versus Democrats, 1877–1901
Chapter 13: Farmers and Third-Party Politics
Chapter 14: Phases of Empire: Late Nineteenth-Century U.S. Foreign Relations
Chapter 15: Law and the Constitution in the Gilded Age

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