New Spirits: Americans in the Gilded Age: 1865-1905

Paperback | May 29, 2015

byRebecca Edwards

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New Spirits: Americans in the "Gilded Age," 1865-1905, Third Edition, provides a fascinating look at one of the most crucial chapters in U.S. history. Rejecting the stereotype of a "Gilded Age" dominated by "robber barons," author Rebecca Edwards invites us to look more closely at the periodwhen the United States became a modern industrial nation and asserted its place as a leader on the world stage. In a concise, engaging narrative, Edwards recounts the contradictions of the era, including stories of tragedy and injustice alongside tales of humor, endurance, and triumph. She offers a balanced perspective that considers many viewpoints, including those of native-born whites, Native Americans,African Americans, and an array of Asian, Mexican, and European immigrants.

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New Spirits: Americans in the "Gilded Age," 1865-1905, Third Edition, provides a fascinating look at one of the most crucial chapters in U.S. history. Rejecting the stereotype of a "Gilded Age" dominated by "robber barons," author Rebecca Edwards invites us to look more closely at the periodwhen the United States became a modern indust...

Rebecca Edwards is Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair at Vassar College. She is the author of Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics from the Civil War to the Progressive Era (OUP, 1997) and coauthor, with James A. Henretta and Robert O. Self, of America's History, Seventh Edition (2011).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190217170

ISBN - 13:9780190217174

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A "Gilded Age"?PART I THE WEDGE, 1865-18901. An Uneasy Peace: The Legacies of Civil War2. Reach: Energy, Corporations, and People in the Global Economy3. Work: Moving Up or Getting By4. A State of War: The Violence of IncorporationPART II THE EXCHANGE5. Money6. Youth7. Sex8. Faith9. SciencePART III THE FIRES, 1890-190510. Cooperative Dreams: Populists and Progressives11. Executive Powers: Presidents, Corporations, and American EmpireEpilogue: The Partridges and the HippopotamusQuestions for DiscussionIndex

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"Edwards deftly mirrors the process of critical thinking. By avoiding the traditional themes of race, class, gender, and so on, she develops new ways of grouping the historical materials that bring new life to the issues she discusses." --Reynolds J. Scott-Childress, State University of New York at New Paltz