The Gilded Age: Perspectives on the Origins of Modern America

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Charles William Calhoun
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - History - 391 pages
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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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Contents

Industrialization and the Rise of Big Business
9
Technology and America as a Consumer Society 18701900
27
American Workers and the Labor Movement in the Late Nineteenth Century
51
The Immigrant Experience in the Gilded Age
73
Urbanizing America
99
Women in Industrializing America
117
The AfricanAmerican Experience
141
Native American Resistance and Accommodation during the Late Nineteenth Century
165
The Political Culture Public Life and the Conduct of Politics
237
Party Conflict Republicans versus Democrats 18771901
263
Farmers and ThirdParty Politics
281
Phases of Empire Late NineteenthCentury US Foreign Relations
305
Law and the Constitution in the Gilded Age
331
Public Policy and State Government
351
Index
371
About the Contributors
387

The Influence of Commerce Technology and Race on Popular Culture in the Gilded Age
185
Cultural and Intellectual Life in the Gilded Age
209

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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.

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