eBook The Gilded Age, 1st Edition

  • Diane Telgen
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  • ISBN-10: 0780812395
  • ISBN-13: 9780780812390
  • DDC: 973.8
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 249 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released October 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012
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The Gilded Age surveys America’s rapid economic, social, demographic, and political changes from the end of the Civil War to the dawn of the twentieth century. In doing so, it will highlight the contributions of men and women closely associated with this turbulent era in American history, from industrial titans like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller to reformers and activists such as Samuel Gompers and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. The volume also explains how various hallmarks of this era -- including rapid industrialization and urbanization, the economic divide between rich and poor, political corruption and reform, and social and religious activism -- laid the groundwork for the United States we live in today.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
How to Use This Book.
Research Topics for Defining Moments: The Gilded Age.
1: Narrative Overview.
2: Prologue.
3: America's Postwar Expansion.
4: The Rise of the Robber Barons.
5: Captains of Industry.
6: Gilded Age Politics, Reformers, and Regulators.
7: The Rise of Labor.
8: The 1890s: A Decade of Upheaval.
9: Legacy of the Gilded Age.
10: Biographies.
11: Bryan, William Jennings (1860–1925).
12: Carnegie, Andrew (1835–1919).
13: Cleveland, Grover (1837–1908).
14: Debs, Eugene V. (1855–1926).
15: Gompers, Samuel (1850–1924).
16: Gould, Jay (1836–1892).
17: Lease, Mary Elizabeth (1853–1933).
18: Morgan, J. P. (1837–1913).
19: Powderly, Terence V. (1849–1924).
20: Rockefeller, John D. (1839–1937).
21: Primary Sources.
22: Mark Twain Describes the Get-Rich-Quick Mining Culture.
23: The Glitter of Gilded Age High Society.
24: Exposing the Price-Fixing Schemes of the “Lords of Industry”.
25: An Anarchist Protests His Haymarket Death Sentence.
26: Andrew Carnegie's “Gospel of Wealth”.
27: “The Problem of the Children” in New York City.
28: The Sherman Antitrust Act.
29: The Populists Articulate Their Principles.
30: William Jennings Bryan's “Cross of Gold” Speech.
31: A Second Gilded Age? The Income Gap Says Yes.
32: A New Gilded Age? Living Standards Say No.
Important People, Places, and Terms.
Sources for Further Study.
Photo and Illustration Credits.