The Shaping of Modern America, 1877-1920

The Shaping of Modern America, 1877-1920

The Shaping of Modern America, 1877-1920

The Shaping of Modern America, 1877-1920

Synopsis

In the years between the Civil War and the First World War, Americans lived in a nation quite different from that of their parents, the values of a burgeoning industrial and urban society transforming traditional notions of democracy. At the same time, other far-reaching developments--the eclipsing of countryside and farm by city and factory, substantial changes in communications and transportation, revolutionary innovations in agriculture, a large wave of immigration, the rise of labour unions, and the emergence of the United States as a world power--gave these years a distinctive character and established the foundations of modern America. Revised to reflect the latest scholarship on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, this classic text remains a great choice as a core text for courses in the Gilded Age or as a highly useful supplement for the US history survey.

Excerpt

Americans in the years between the Civil War and the First World War lived in a nation quite different from that of their parents. It became a nation where traditional ideas of democracy were modified by the values of a new industrial and urban society. The most important change was the rise of industrial capitalism and the burgeoning of corporations that controlled nationwide industries. But American life was fundamentally altered by other far-reaching developments: the passing of the physical frontier with the settlement of the last American West, the eclipsing of countryside and farm by city and factory, the tremendous urban growth with its accompanying problems, the substantial changes in communications and transportation through the telephone and the construction of the transcontinental railroads, the revolutionary innovations in agriculture, the new blood added to American life by a large influx of immigrants, the rise of large scale labor unions, and the emergence of the United States as a world power and its participation in affairs in the Western Hemisphere, Europe, and the Far East. These developments gave these years their dramatic character. They also established the foundations of modern America.

This Third Edition of The Shaping of Modern America. 1877– 1920, while retaining the strengths and the essential character of the first two editions has been revised and improved by new material that reflects the recent scholarship on the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era in American history. Every chapter of the Second Edition has been reexamined and changed and the sugges-

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