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Uses a wide variety of documents to show how Americans dealt with an age of extremes from 1887 to 1900, including rapid industrialization, unemployment, unprecedented wealth, and immigration.
"Brings to life an exciting time in U.S. history... Greenwood discusses the period objectively in a concise, lively commentary that frames scores of primary sources and black-and-white reproductions and photos.... Coverage of women and minorities is noteworthy. A fine source for both school assignments and browsing pleasure."--School Library Journal
"Greenwood...presents selections of primary source materials topically arranged to examine ten aspects of the period.... A demonstration of the wealth of material that can be culled for historical evidence. Students looking for fresh approach to research can find inspiration here."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Interesting reading....An excellent addition."--VOYA
"Interesting--often gripping primary sources ....[With] excellent introductions."--History: Reviews of New Books
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Chapter 1: Big Business, Industry, and the American Dream
Captains of Industry
"Survival of the Fittest"
Responsibilities of the Rich
From Rags to Riches
Chapter 2: Immigration to a "Promised Land"
Chapter 3: The Sorrows of Labor
The Knights of Labor
The Haymarket Affair
Women in the Work Force
The Homestead Lockout
Chapter 4: The Perils and Promise of Urban Life
Chapter 5: Jacob Riis and the Power of the Photograph
Chapter 6: The New South
A Sharecropper's Contract
"A Perfect Democracy"
Cotton Mill Workers
The Rise of "Jim Crow"
Chapter 7: The West
An Indian Victory
Mexican Americans Fight Back
Chapter 8: The Farmer's Revolt
The Populist Party
Chapter 9: The United States Builds an Empire
The Spanish-American War
Chapter 10: New Women, Strenuous Men, and Leisure
"The Strenuous Life"