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The Gilded Age

A History in Documents

By Janette Thomas Greenwood

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 February 2003
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 ofMichigan, 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.

About the Author

Janette Thomas Greenwood is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at Clark University. Her previous works include Bittersweet Legacy: The Black and White "Better Classes" in Charlotte, N.C. 1850-1910 (UNC Press, 1994), The Black Experience in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, 1850-1920: A Curriculum Guide for Teachers (C-M Historic Properties Commission, 1984) and On the Home Front: Charlotte During the Civil War (Mint Museum of History, 1982).

Reviews

"Brings to life an exciting time in U.S. history... Greenwood discusses the period objectively in a concise, lively commentary that frames scores of primary sources and black-and-white reproductions and photos.... Coverage of women and minorities is noteworthy. A fine source for both school assignments and browsing pleasure."--School Library Journal"Greenwood...presents selections of primary source materials topically arranged to examine ten aspects of the period.... A demonstration of the wealth of material that can be culled for historical evidence. Students looking for fresh approach to research can find inspiration here."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Interesting reading....An excellent addition."--VOYA"Interesting--often gripping primary sources ....[With] excellent introductions."--History: Reviews of New Books "Brings to life an exciting time in U.S. history... Greenwood discusses the period objectively in a concise, lively commentary that frames scores of primary sources and black-and-white reproductions and photos.... Coverage of women and minorities is noteworthy. A fine source for both school assignments and browsing pleasure."--School Library Journal"Greenwood...presents selections of primary source materials topically arranged to examine ten aspects of the period.... A demonstration of the wealth of material that can be culled for historical evidence. Students looking for fresh approach to research can find inspiration here."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Interesting reading....An excellent addition."--VOYA"Interesting--often gripping primary sources ....[With] excellent introductions."--History: Reviews of New Books "Brings to life an exciting time in U.S. history... Greenwood discusses the period objectively in a concise, lively commentary that frames scores of primary sources and black-and-white reproductions and photos.... Coverage of women and minorities is noteworthy. A fine source for both school assignments and browsing pleasure."--School Library Journal "Greenwood...presents selections of primary source materials topically arranged to examine ten aspects of the period.... A demonstration of the wealth of material that can be culled for historical evidence. Students looking for fresh approach to research can find inspiration here."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Interesting reading....An excellent addition."--VOYA "Interesting--often gripping primary sources ....[With] excellent introductions."--History: Reviews of New Books "Brings to life an exciting time in U.S. history... Greenwood discusses the period objectively in a concise, lively commentary that frames scores of primary sources and black-and-white reproductions and photos.... Coverage of women and minorities is noteworthy. A fine source for both school assignments and browsing pleasure."--School Library Journal "Greenwood...presents selections of primary source materials topically arranged to examine ten aspects of the period.... A demonstration of the wealth of material that can be culled for historical evidence. Students looking for fresh approach to research can find inspiration here."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Interesting reading....An excellent addition."--VOYA "Interesting--often gripping primary sources ....[With] excellent introductions."--History: Reviews of New Books "Brings to life an exciting time in U.S. history... Greenwood discusses the period objectively in a concise, lively commentary that frames scores of primary sources and black-and-white reproductions and photos.... Coverage of women and minorities is noteworthy. A fine source for both schoolassignments and browsing pleasure."--School Library Journal"Greenwood...presents selections of primary source materials topically arranged to examine ten aspects of the period.... A demonstration of the wealth of material that can be culled for historical evidence. Students looking for fresh approach to research can find inspiration here."--Bulletin of theCenter for Children's Books"Interesting reading....An excellent addition."--VOYA"Interesting--often gripping primary sources ....[With] excellent introductions."--History: Reviews of New Books

EAN: 9780195166385
ISBN: 0195166388
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Dimensions: 25.65 x 20.07 x 1.35 centimetres (0.53 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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