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Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920

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In the half-century between the Civil War and World War I, widespread yearning for a new beginning permeated American public life. Dreams of spiritual, moral, and physical rebirth formed the foundation for the modern United States, inspiring its leaders with imperial ambition. Theodore Roosevelt's desire to recapture frontier vigor led him to promote U.S. interests throughout Latin America. Woodrow Wilson's vision of a reborn international order drew him into a war to end war. Andrew Carnegie's embrace of philanthropy coincided with his creation of the world's first billion-dollar corporation, United States Steel. Presidents and entrepreneurs helped usher the nation into the modern era, but sometimes the consequences of their actions failed to match the grandeur of their hopes.

Award-winning historian Jackson Lears richly chronicles this momentous period when America reunited and began to form the world power of the twentieth century. Lears vividly captures imperialists, Gilded Age mavericks, and vaudeville entertainers, and illuminates the roles played by a variety of seekers, male and female, from populist farmers to avant-garde artists and writers to progressive reformers. Some were motivated by their own visions of Christianity; all were swept up in longings for revitalization.

In these years marked by wrenching social conflict and vigorous political debate, a modern America emerged and came to dominance on a world stage. Illuminating and authoritative, Rebirth of a Nation brilliantly weaves the remarkable story of this crucial epoch into a masterful work of history.

Table of Contents

Dreaming of rebirth — The long shadow of Appomattox — The mysterious power of money — The rising significance of race — The country and the city — Crisis and regeneration — Liberation and limitation — Empire as a way of life — Dying in vain.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061940965
Subtitle:
The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
Lears, Jackson
Author:
Jackson Lears
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Gilded Age
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
United States - Reconstruction Period (1865-1877)
Subject:
General History
Subject:
US History-1860 to 1920
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
US History-1800 to 1945
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100608
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
418
Age Level:
United States - 19th Century/Gilded Age

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