Gilded Age A History in Documents

ISBN-10: 0195166388
ISBN-13: 9780195166385
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Description: When many Americans think of the Gilded Age, they picture the mansions at Newport, Rhode Island, or the tenements of New York City. Indeed, the late 19th century was a period of extreme poverty thinly veiled by fabulous wealth. However, we should  More...

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List price: $31.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

When many Americans think of the Gilded Age, they picture the mansions at Newport, Rhode Island, or the tenements of New York City. Indeed, the late 19th century was a period of extreme poverty thinly veiled by fabulous wealth. However, we should not remember the era only for the strides made by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie or social reformer Jane Addams. All Americans had to adjust to the dynamic social and economic changes of the Gilded Age--the booming industries, growing cities, increased ethnic and cultural diversity. African American W. E. B. Du Bois, Native American Sitting Bull, and Chinese American Saum Song Bo spoke out against racial injustice. European immigrants Mary Antin and Robert Ferrari suffered the pitfalls and praised the opportunities found in their new country. Pioneer Phoebe Judson lamented the loneliness of making a life out West. And workers at Homestead Steel lost their lives in an attempt to improve labor conditions. Drawing from the letters, memoirs, newspaper articles, journals, and speeches of Gilded Age Americans, author Janette Greenwood arranges all of these voices to tell a story more vibrant and textured than the simple tale of robber baron versus starving poor. In addition to these voices, visuals--such as advertisements, maps, political cartoons, and a picture essay on Jacob Riiss urban photographs--create a kaleidoscopic view of the quarter century when diverse Americans struggled for the same goal: a better way of life, with more justice and democracy for each and all. PAGES FROM HISTORY General Editors: Sarah Deutsch, University of Arizona, Carol Karlsen, University of Michigan, Robert G. Moeller, University of California, Irvine, and Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Indiana University, Bloomington Textbooks may interpret history, but the books in the Pages from History series are history. Each title, compiled and edited by a prominent historian, is a collection of primary sources relating to a particular topic of historical significance. Documentary evidence including news articles, government documents, memoirs, letters, diaries, fiction, photographs, and facsimiles allows history to speak for itself and turns every reader into a historian. Headnotes, extended captions, sidebars, and introductory essays provide the essential context that frames the documents. All the books are amply illustrated and each includes a documentary picture essay, chronology, further reading, source notes, and index.

What Is a Document?
How to Read a Document
Introduction
Big Business, Industry, and the American Dream
Captains of Industry
Muckraking
"Survival of the Fittest"
Responsibilities of the Rich
From Rags to Riches
Immigration to a "Promised Land"
Arrival
Opportunity
Sacrifices
Racism
Advice
The Sorrows of Labor
The Knights of Labor
The Haymarket Affair
Trade Unions
Industrial Unions
Women in the Work Force
Child Labor
The Homestead Lockout
The Perils and Promise of Urban Life
Social Activism
Social Darwinism
Ward Bosses
Prohibition
Picture Essay
Jacob Riis and the Power of the Photograph
The New South
A Sharecropper's Contract
"A Perfect Democracy"
Cotton Mill Workers
The Rise of "Jim Crow"
The West
An Indian Victory
"Whitening" Indians
Pioneers
Exodusters
Mexican Americans Fight Back
The Farmers' Revolt
Farmers' Alliances
The Populist Party
Election 1896
The United States Builds an Empire
The Spanish-American War
Anti-Imperialism
The Philippines
New Women, Strenuous Men, and Leisure
"The Strenuous Life"
Sports
Rebellious Women
Timeline
Further Reading
Text Credits
Picture Credits
Index

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