The Gilded Age: Essays on the Origins of Modern America / Edition 1

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Broad in scope, The Gilded Age consists of 14 original essays, each written by an expert in the field. Topics have been selected so that students can appreciate the various societal and cultural factors that make studying the Gilded Age crucial to our understanding of America today. The United States that entered the twentieth century was vastly different from the nation that had emerged from the Civil War. Industrialization, mass immigration, the growing presence of women in the work force, and the rapid advancement of the cities had transformed American society. Professor Calhoun has written a comprehensive introduction that places each article in an understandable historical context. Each essay concludes with a list of suggested readings.

The Gilded Age: Essays on the Origins of Modern America will be welcomed by professors and students examining one of the most fascinating eras in America's history.

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A kaleidoscope of perspectives on the U.S. in the late nineteenth century drawing on modern historical theory for use in colleges and universities.
A kaleidoscope of perspectives on the US in the late 19th century drawing on modern historical theory, for use in colleges and universities. Among the 14 topics are industrialization and the rise of big business, the African-American experience, women, native American resistance, farmers and third-party politics, law and the Constitution, and phases of the empire. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842025003
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Calhoun
Charles W. Calhoun is professor of history at East Carolina University and author of the biography Benjamin Harrison and, most recently, Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Industrialization and the Rise of Big Business Chapter 2: Science and Technology in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century 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 Political Culture: Public Life and the Conduct of Politics Chapter 10: Party Conflict: Republicans Versus Democrats, 1877–1901
Chapter 11: Farmers and Third-Party Politics Chapter 12: Phases of Empire: Late Nineteenth-Century U.S. Foreign Relations Chapter 13: Law and the Constitution in the Gilded Age Chapter 14: Public Policy and State Government

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