An Age of Extremes (A History of US Series #8)

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For the captains of industry -- men like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, and Henry Ford -- the Gilded Age is a time of big money. Technology boomed with the invention of trains, telephones, electric lights, harvesters, vacuum cleaners, and more. But for millions of immigrant workers, it is a time of big struggles, with adults and children alike working 12 to 14 hours a day under extreme, dangerous conditions. The disparity between the rich and the poor was dismaying, which prompted some people...
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Overview

For the captains of industry -- men like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, and Henry Ford -- the Gilded Age is a time of big money. Technology boomed with the invention of trains, telephones, electric lights, harvesters, vacuum cleaners, and more. But for millions of immigrant workers, it is a time of big struggles, with adults and children alike working 12 to 14 hours a day under extreme, dangerous conditions. The disparity between the rich and the poor was dismaying, which prompted some people to action. In An Age of Extremes, you'll meet Mother Jones, Ida Tarbell, Big Bill Haywood, Sam Gompers, and other movers and shakers, and get swept up in the enthusiasm of Teddy Roosevelt. You'll also watch the United States take its greatest role on the world stage since the Revolution, as it enters the bloody battlefields of Europe in World War I.

Covers the period of American history from the 1880s to World War I.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195127669
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: History of US Series , #8
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy Hakim
Joy Hakim
Former educator and editor Joy Hakim made learning about American history hip for kids around the world with her Michener Prize-winning series A History of U.S. Her secret? Says Hakim: "to find the story in a subject is to discover its essence."

Biography

Don't know much about history? That's where Joy Hakim comes in. Dedicated to the ambitious cause of making learning about our country's past actually seem like fun, Hakim has helped readers of all ages get hip to history. Her award-winning ten-volume series A History of U.S. is considered nothing less than a revolution in education circles, and historians and celebrities alike endorse Hakim's mission.

Armed with a bachelor's degree in government from Smith and a master's from Goucher College, Hakim started out as a teacher, and later worked as a newspaper writer and editor. Realizing that the rather dry text and lifeless prose of some history books she was using to teach with made her students less than enthusiastic learners -- and believing that U.S. history should be as fun to read as fiction -- Hakim began to develop the A History of U.S. series of American history lessons. It took Hakim seven years to finish the series -- which owes much of its kid-friendly appeal to the author's practice of using children as her editors.

A History of U.S. was a hit with students and critics alike, winning the James A. Michener Prize for Writing in 1997. In addition, esteemed historians have endorsed Hakim's teachings with as much enthusiasm as she brings to her subject. John Adams author David McCullough describes her lively and effective approach: "Never dull, never the least plodding, [Hakim] brings refreshing spirit and common sense to the telling of every episode."

In 2002's Freedom: A History of U.S., Hakim examines the theme of freedom and what it means to America -- from the actions of our founding fathers to the watershed events of the Civil Rights movement, through the challenges we face in the wake of the September 11 attacks. A 16-part PBS companion special features a star-studded roster of hosts from Today anchor Katie Couric to Hollywood power couple Christopher and Dana Reeve. The Reeves, on why they chose to participate in the event, write on the book's jacket: "Freedom offers us the opportunity to examine the road we have traveled, to better understand why we have fought so hard to keep the idea of freedom at the core of what we believe."

According to Hakim, it's all about the story. On her publisher's Web site, she sums up her signature approach: "Finding the story in a subject is to discover its essence. If we can teach our students to pattern the world into stories, we can turn them into powerful, analytical thinkers."

Good To Know

Hakim is the only author to receive an award from the National Council for Social Studies for writing textbooks.

When she's not writing and researching at her Virginia home, she spends time sharing stories with her grandchildren in Colorado.

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    1. Hometown:
      Virginia
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Government, Smith College; M.A., Goucher College

Table of Contents

Preface: An Age of Extremes 9
Feature: A Nation of Practical Idealists 11
1 Carnegie 13
Feature: How Do You Make Steel? 16
2 A Bookkeeper Named Rockefeller 19
3 Mr. Storyteller 23
4 Powerful Pierpont 27
5 Monopoly--Not Always a Game 30
Feature: Let's Talk Business 34
6 Builders and Dreamers 35
7 Lady L 43
8 Presidents Again 50
9 The People's Party 57
10 Making Money 63
11 Hard Times 67
Feature: A Woman Who Didn't Like to Be Called a Hero (But Was One) 70
12 Gold and Silver 72
Feature: Cheese Sandwiches in the Klondike 74
13 A Cross of Gold 77
14 Some Bad Ideas 83
15 Producing Goods 87
Feature: the Mail (Not the Mall) for Shopping 91
Feature: God and Money in America 92
16 Harvest at Haymarket 93
17 Workers, Labor (and a Triangle) 99
Feature: Leaving Sicily 103
18 Rolling the Leaf in Florida 104
19 Catching The Day 108
20 Telling It Like It Is 112
Feature: Inferno in Chicago 116
21 Bread and Roses, Too 118
22 The Fourth Estate 124
23 Ida, Sam, and the Muckrakers 127
24 A Boon to the Writer 130
25 In Wilderness Is Preservation 134
Feature: Parks for a Nation 138
26 The Gilded Age Turns Progressive 139
27 Teedie 144
28 From Dude to Cowboy 148
29 The Spanish-American War 152
Feature: War with Spain--Imperialism and Open Doors 157
30 Aloha Oe 158
31 Teddy Bear President 164
32 Jane Addams, Reformer 170
33 Henry Ford 175
34 The Birdmen 179
35 William Howard Taft 185
Feature: Some Political Theory: a Discussion 186
36 A Schoolteacher President 189
37 War 193
Feature: "We're Coming Over ..." 197
Chronology of Events 198
More Books to Read 200
Picture Credits 201
Index 203
A Note from the Author 207
Atlas 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    Outstanding History for Kids!

    Hakim has done the near impossible: She has written history to make it entertaining, enjoyable and educational for kids all at the same time. This is a book you can read out loud to your younger kids, and that your older ones will read like a mystery. I cannot recommend this series enought!

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