by Paul Starobin
Alexander McKenzie’s plot to corner Alaska’s gold proved to be the last great swindle of the original gilded age, as this seamy chapter in our national life gave way to what become known as the Progressive Era.
SOURCE: Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
by Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Andrew Huebner, Caroline Grego, Alana Toulin and Mark C. Boxell are winners of annual prizes from the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
SOURCE: New York Times
by Richard White
Detractors like to equate Senator Bernie Sanders’s socialism with Soviet and Chinese Communism, but they’re swinging at the wrong century, the wrong country and the wrong socialism.
Railroads Were at the Forefront of Political Corruption
A turn-of-the-century trial, the focus of a new book, took aim at the Victorian double standard.
SOURCE: The Conversation
by Randall S. Sumpter
Try being a reporter in the Gilded Age.
SOURCE: History channel
by Edward T. O’Donnell
The original Gilded Age was followed by the Progressive Era. Will ours?
SOURCE: New Republic
by Sarah Jones
America today has a lot in common with that bygone era of monopolies and gross inequality. But will the country respond similarly?
by Leon Fink
One lesson is that the history of Gilded Ages is complicated and that should give us hope.
SOURCE: Library of America
Right after the Civil War, says Stanford's Richard White, Americans were really hopeful, then reality hit
By the 1870s the gulf between the ideal and the reality had widened considerably and would continue to widen for the rest of the century.
SOURCE: The Guardian
Not since the time of the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts at the turn of the 20th century was so much owned by so few.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
Everywhere he looks, Republican strategist and lobbyist Bruce Mehlman sees “eerie” parallels between the Gilded Age and today.
by Lewis L. Gould
Morgan, who passed away in January, almost single-handedly rescued the study of the late nineteenth century from history's proverbial ash heap.
Michael Lind is the author of Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States and co-founder of the New America Foundation.My previous Salon essay, in which I asked why there are not any libertarian countries, if libertarianism is a sound political philosophy, has infuriated members of the tiny but noisy libertarian sect, as criticisms of cults by outsiders usually do. The weak logic and bad scholarship that suffuse libertarian responses to my article tend to reinforce me in my view that, if they were not paid so well to churn out anti-government propaganda by plutocrats like the Koch brothers and various self-interested corporations, libertarians would play no greater role in public debate than do the followers of Lyndon LaRouche or L. Ron Hubbard....
SOURCE: Cornell Universty Tumblr
With the American premier of Downton Abbey, season three, here are five history lessons based on the popular television series provided by Katherine Howe, author and lecturer of American studies at Cornell University. The paperback of Howe’s novel, “The House of Velvet and Glass,” takes place in the same time period and will be released on Jan. 29 by Hyperion/Voice.The real women behind Cora, Countess of Grantham and her mother, Martha Levinson
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