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The Gilded Age: Perspectives on the Origins of Modern America / Edition 2

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The Gilded Age offers a unique perspective on an often-overlooked period in American history. Broad in its scope, this volume consists of fourteen original essays, each written by an expert in the field. Topics have been selected to highlight the various societal cultural factors that make study of the Gilded Age crucial to our understanding of the origins of today's America.
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Editorial Reviews

Teaching History
Charles Calhoun has improved upon an already valuable teaching text. . . . Calhoun's synthesis remains a great tool for teaching. Not only does it allow a glimpse of specialized topics and groups within the Gilded Age, essays are also read with relative ease. . . . Educators and students alike can gain a better perspective on the origins of modern America.
— Mary Ellen Pethel, The Harpeth Hall School
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 (
Technology and Culture
This second edition, building on the many strengths of the first, offers a comprehensive introduction to the transformation of America in these years.
Rebecca Edwards
This book is an essential resource—the only collection of essays on the post-Civil War decades currently in print. The first edition provided excellent coverage of politics, the economy, science and technology, and the experiences of such key social groups as women, Native Americans, and African-Americans. The new second edition enhances this with superb new essays on the era's cultural and intellectual history. From the steel industry to the Chicago World's Fair, from the Supreme Court to the Social Gospel, these essays introduce readers to one of the most formative and exciting periods in American history.
Teaching History - Mary Ellen Pethel
Charles Calhoun has improved upon an already valuable teaching text. . . . Calhoun's synthesis remains a great tool for teaching. Not only does it allow a glimpse of specialized topics and groups within the Gilded Age, essays are also read with relative ease. . . . Educators and students alike can gain a better perspective on the origins of modern America.
Alan Lessoff
The straightforward essays in The Gilded Age cut through stereotypes and introduce readers to the ways that the top historians analyze and discuss late-nineteenth-century America. The first edition was especially strong on economic, social, and political developments. The addition of chapters on cultural trends enhances the book's value as a course reader for undergraduates and as a reference tool for graduate students and professionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742550384
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 9/11/2006
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 402
  • Sales rank: 689,741
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles W. Calhoun received his doctorate in history from Columbia University. He is professor of history at East Carolina University, and author of Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869–1900, Benjamin Harrison, and Gilded Age Cato: The Life of Walter Q. Gresham.

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Table of Contents

1 Industrialization and the Rise of Big Business 1
2 Science and Technology in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century 19
3 American Workers and the Labor Movement in the Late Nineteenth Century 39
4 The Immigrant Experience in the Gilded Age 63
5 Urbanizing America 91
6 Women in Industrializing America 111
7 The African-American Experience 137
8 Native American Resistance and Accommodation during the Late Nineteenth Century 163
9 The Political Culture: Public Life and the Conduct of Politics 185
10 Party Conflict: Republicans versus Democrats, 1877-1901 215
11 Farmers and Third-Party Politics 235
12 Phases of Empire: Late Nineteenth-Century U.S. Foreign Relations 261
13 Law and the Constitution in the Gilded Age 289
14 Public Policy and State Government 309
Index 331
About the Contributors 345
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