Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919

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Winner of the Letitia Brown Memorial Publication Prize.

"(An) excellent illustrated survey of American labor radicalism and political reaction from the end of Reconstruction to the end of World War I."--Publishers Weekly.

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Editorial Reviews

Nancy F. Cott
“A vivid portrayal of people's history with the politics left in. With analytical cohesiveness, intellectual grasp and wit, Painter succeeds not only in integrating issues in Afro-American and women's history with the whole but also in relating the role and presence of the modern state to the trends in ordinary people's lives. . . . A gripping and forceful narrative.”
George M. Fredrickson
“Lucid and compelling. . . . The first general treatment of this era that does full justice to the struggles of working people. It will provide future historians with a good model for how to do narrative synthesis 'from the bottom up.'

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Fear of working-class violence,'' the author comments in the preface, ``explains much of what has been called progressive reform.'' In this excellent illustrated survey of American labor radicalism and political reaction from the end of Reconstruction to the end of World War I, Painter concentrates largely on the struggle between ``partisans of democracy'' and ``protectors of hierarchy'' during a 42-year period when the country was evolving from an agrarian to an urban industrial society. Her major theme is the public's identification of organized labor with incendiary radicalism. She notes that the years of greatest unrest inspired ever more violent ``red scares'' during which the restoration of law and order meant using whoever could be defined as ``reds'' as the scapegoats. The author is a history professor at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. September 28
Library Journal
This book offers general readers and students a fresh introduction to the United States during the Gilded Age and the progressive era. Painter has relied on the latest biographies and monographs to write her descriptive synthesis. She gives attention to blacks, women, and immigrants as well as the industrial and political elite, combining social, economic, and political history. The author concludes that the strong pressures of the agricultural and industrial laborers forced the passage of progressive reforms in the early 20th century. Painter's narrative joins other worthwhile surveys of the era, e.g., S.D. Cashman's America in the Gilded Age LJ 12/15/83 and Ray Ginger's standard treatment Age of Excess 1975, rev. ed.. Joseph G. Dawson III, History Dept., Texas A&M Univ., College Station
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393305883
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1989
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nell Irvin Painter is the award-winning author of many books, including Sojourner Truth, Southern History Across the Color Line, Creating Black Americans, The History of White People, and Standing at Armageddon. She is currently the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and lives in Newark, New Jersey, and the Adirondacks.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2000

    Good book, but reads like a textbook

    'Standing at Armageddon' accurately sums up the plight of the laborer and perspective and wealthy industrialists duirng this time period, but I found the book rather boring at times. It sounded exactly like the textbook I am also reading for my history course, with an occasional addition of information. Despite the repetition, I would recommend this book for any AP U.S. history students.

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