Who Built America?

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At last, American history is more than presidents and robber barons, elections and battles, names and dates to memorize. Who Built America? is about working Americans — artisans, servants, slaves, farm families, laborers, women working in the home, factory hands, and office clerks — who played crucial roles in shaping modern America: what they thought, what they did, and what happened to them.

The central focus of this two-volume history of the United States is the changing ...

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Overview

At last, American history is more than presidents and robber barons, elections and battles, names and dates to memorize. Who Built America? is about working Americans — artisans, servants, slaves, farm families, laborers, women working in the home, factory hands, and office clerks — who played crucial roles in shaping modern America: what they thought, what they did, and what happened to them.

The central focus of this two-volume history of the United States is the changing nature of the work that built, sustained, and transformed American society over the course of almost four centuries. It depicts the ways working people affected and were affected by the economic, social, cultural, and political processes that together make up the national experience. The result is a path-breaking integration of the history of community, family, gender roles, race, and ethnicity into the more familiar history of U.S. politics and economic development.

Volume One takes the reader through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the great railroad strike of 1877. Volume Two continues the story from the expansion of industrial capitalism during the Gilded Age and the rise of movements of opposition, through the decades of world war, depression, and industrial unionism, to the dramatic growth of U.S. military and economic power in the postwar era and the continuing struggle over the meaning of America in the contemporary era.

Working Americans--artisans, slaves, women working at home, factory hands--those who played crucial roles in shaping America: what they thought, did, and what happened to them.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Workers, women and minorities are the focus of a volume more successful as a textbook than as a history for the general reader. At its best, this offers enlightening glimpses of the impact of white settlers on American Indians, early stirrings of the labor movement, the hardships imposed by slavery, and ``the capacity of ordinary people to alter the very process of history.'' However, the book is marred by sweeping assertions (``More and more people were now making their living in ways that challenged the values of the revolutionary generation''), a careless blunder (that Andrew Johnson was not impeached) and a relentless contempt for wealth: virtue is here the province of those with modest means. Also, this America is inhabited not so much by individuals as by economic groups: the British ``invaders'' (meaning the colonists, not Redcoat soldiers), Northern merchant elite, mill women, landlords and, of course, the ``poor, cringing tenant.'' The text is liberally embellished with contemporaneous drawings, cartoons, photographs and prose excerpts. (Mar.)
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This is American history viewed from the underside. The framework is the changing nature of work that built and transformed American society. The principal theme is the displacement of agriculture and crafts as the dominant economic activities by capitalism, with the parallel shift from slavery, indentured labor, and artisanship to factory wage earners. An attempt is made to integrate the history of community, family, gender roles, race, and ethnicity into major political, social, cultural, and economic developments. While this approach yields some useful insights, more often it is only the obvious that is belabored. The illustrations from contemporary sources are excellent. Suitable for American history collections.-- Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., CUNY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679726999
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 2
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.31 (d)

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