Standing at Armageddon: A Grassroots History of the Progressive Era

Standing at Armageddon: A Grassroots History of the Progressive Era

by Nell Irvin Painter

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Overview

"A consistently engrossing, occasionally irreverent, always smoothly written history of America's painful entry into the modern age."—Kirkus Reviews

Standing at Armageddon is a comprehensive and lively historical account of America's shift from a rural and agrarian society to an urban and industrial society. Nell Irvin Painter will be featured in the PBS multipart series The Progressive Era with Bill Moyers, which coincides with the release of the updated edition of this acclaimed work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393076288
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/07/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 969,964
File size: 2 MB

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2008 Edition     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
The Tocsin Sounds     1
The Great Upheaval     36
Remedies     72
The Depression of the 1890s     110
The White Man's Burden     141
Prosperity     170
Race and Disfranchisement     216
Woman Suffrage and Women Workers     231
The Progressive Era     253
Wars     283
The European War Takes Over     306
The Great Unrest     344
Epilogue     381
Afterword     391
Index     401

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Standing at Armageddon: A Grassroots History of the Progressive Era 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
richardderus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The USA has a long history of upheaval and change. The Progressive Era, one that we 21st-century beneficiaries tend to forget existed, was the cradle of such social justice as FDR was able to jam down the gullets of the horrible, nasty conservatives that have always dominated American politics and continue to do even today, to our lasting shame.The Jeffersonian ideal of an agrarian democracy died about 1840. Industrialization, in those early years, went on in a brutal, hideously cruel way (much as the conservatives have enabled to go on in China, Indonesia, etc, with their "unfettered flow of capital to benefit the masses" bullhockey). The 1880s came as a crisis point: Would untrammelled capitalism be allowed to kill millions without so much as a peep from those suffering from its ravages, or would the laborers whose efforts *made* all that money finally demand some of it for themselves?The Bloody 80s began. The highly minimal social democracy that the conservatives can be forced to endure had its genesis then, and survives...battered, diminished, mocked and reviled by the jeering apes in their never-enough-profit packs...thanks to the blood and sacrifice of those forgotten ancestors.Painter's book is a careful, complete, and even-handed narrative of what happened and why during this important turning point in the formation of the country we all love. It made me long to live a long enough life to see the tide of history come back in, washing away the institutionalized greed and stupidity that exemplify Congress and the many state governments. The book is a history...but in the right hands, teachers, it could become a call to arms....