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VOYAThis reference book covers the period of U.S. history that Mark Twain christened the "Gilded Age" (1865-1901) and is part of the Eyewitness History series. It is divided into seven chapters, each lavishly illustrated, beginning with "Reconstruction, Reunion, Reconciliation: 1865-1870" and concluding with "Annexation and the Spanish-American War: 1897-1901." Along the way, westward expansion, reform politics, immigration, the labor movement, and imperialism are all considered. Each chapter opens with a brief ten-page summary of the period, followed by a detailed chronology of events and a section of "eyewitness testimony" in brief quotations from people of the time. The book concludes with an extensive appendix of documents, including Lincoln's second inaugural address, the act of Congress establishing Yellowstone National Park, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, and the platform of the 1872 National Woman Suffrage Assocation "People's Convention.o Another appendix includes brief biographies of major people of the period, and a third contains maps, graphs, and tables. The index is excellent and the bibliography is thorough. The "eyewitness testimony" sections are fascinating, but because the quotations are out of context, they might be somewhat bewildering to anyone who is not very familiar with the period and the events. Still it is an excellent reference book for high school students who are learning to use documents and primary source material in their study of history. 2006, Facts on File, 352p.; Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology. Appendix., PLB $75.. Ages 15 to Adult.