Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920

Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920

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by Jackson Lears
     
 

In the half-century between the Civil War and World War I, widespread yearning for a new beginning permeated American public life. Dreams of spiritual, moral, and physical rebirth formed the foundation for the modern United States, inspiring its leaders with imperial ambition. Theodore Roosevelt's desire to recapture frontier vigor led him to promote U.S. interests

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In the half-century between the Civil War and World War I, widespread yearning for a new beginning permeated American public life. Dreams of spiritual, moral, and physical rebirth formed the foundation for the modern United States, inspiring its leaders with imperial ambition. Theodore Roosevelt's desire to recapture frontier vigor led him to promote U.S. interests throughout Latin America. Woodrow Wilson's vision of a reborn international order drew him into a war to end war. Andrew Carnegie's embrace of philanthropy coincided with his creation of the world's first billion-dollar corporation, United States Steel. Presidents and entrepreneurs helped usher the nation into the modern era, but sometimes the consequences of their actions failed to match the grandeur of their hopes.

Award-winning historian Jackson Lears richly chronicles this momentous period when America reunited and began to form the world power of the twentieth century. Lears vividly captures imperialists, Gilded Age mavericks, and vaudeville entertainers, and illuminates the roles played by a variety of seekers, male and female, from populist farmers to avant-garde artists and writers to progressive reformers. Some were motivated by their own visions of Christianity; all were swept up in longings for revitalization.

In these years marked by wrenching social conflict and vigorous political debate, a modern America emerged and came to dominance on a world stage. Illuminating and authoritative, Rebirth of a Nation brilliantly weaves the remarkable story of this crucial epoch into a masterful work of history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060747497
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Series:
American History Series
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Dreaming of Rebirth 1

Chapter 1 The Long Shadow of Appomattox 12

Chapter 2 The Mysterious Power of Money 51

Chapter 3 The Rising Significance of Race 92

Chapter 4 The Country and the City 133

Chapter 5 Crisis and Regeneration 167

Chapter 6 Liberation and Limitation 222

Chapter 7 Empire as a Way of Life 276

Conclusion: Dying in Vain 327

Acknowledgments 357

Notes 361

Bibliographical Note 391

Index 407

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