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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.
"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
|Preface to the New Edition|
|Preface to the First Edition|
|Pt. 1||The Sight and Sound of Industrial America|
|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|