America in the Gilded Age: Third Edition / Edition 3

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When the first edition of America in the Gilded Age was published in 1984, it soon acquired the status of a classic, and was widely acknowledged as the first comprehensive account of the latter half of the nineteenth century to appear in many years. Sean Dennis Cashman traces the political and social saga of America as it passed through the momentous transformation of the Industrial Revolution and the settlement of the West. Revised and extended chapters focusing on immigration, labor, the great cities, and the American Renaissance are accompanied by a wealth of augmented and enhanced illustrations, many new to this addition.

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Editorial Reviews

**** New edition (an earlier version is cited in BCL3). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
"Clear, graceful, and lively. An excellent collection of photographs enhances [the text]."

-The Historian

"A lively, often entertaining and generally well-balanced treatment. . . enlivened by the lavish use of colorful, often amusing, anecdotes."


"A lucid and perceptive examination. . . a fine synthesis of primary research and recent scholarship that emphasizes personalities of the age without slighting the overriding issues. . . [It] should delight students."

-Journal of Economic History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814714959
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 442
  • Sales rank: 450,670
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Dennis Cashman is the author of various popular books on American history, most recently the third edition of his classic America in the Gilded Age, also available from NYU Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Pt. 1 The Sight and Sound of Industrial America
1 Industrial Spring 1
2 Titans at War: The Industrial Legacy of Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan 36
3 Exodus to a Promised Land 73
4 The Sorrows of Labor 100
5 Not since Nineveh: Tall Stories and Tales of Two Cities 135
6 Midsummer of the American Renaissance 168
Pt. 2 Politics and Discontent
7 Reconstruction and the New South 203
8 The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel 244
9 Opening the West and Closing the Frontier 282
10 Gates of Silver and Bars of Gold 313
11 War and Empire 338
12 The Dawn of a Progressive Age 354
Chronology 381
Sources 387
Bibliography 391
Index 409
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