Synopses & Reviews
This text presents a carefully selected group of readingson topics such as American capitalism and the Great Warthat allow students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions.
This text presents a carefully selected group of readings, on topics such as American capitalism and the Great War, that allow students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions.
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About the Author
Thomas G. Paterson, professor emeritus of history at the University of Connecticut, graduated from the University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1963) and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1968). He is the author of Soviet-American Confrontation (1973), Meeting the Communist Threat (1988), On Every Front (1992), Contesting Castro (1994), America Ascendant (with J. Garry Clifford, 1995), and A People and a Nation (with Mary Beth Norton et al., 2001). Tom is also the editor of Cold War Critics (1971), Kennedy's Quest for Victory (1989), Imperial Surge (with Stephen G. Rabe, 1992), The Origins of the Cold War (with Robert McMahon, 1999), Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations (with Michael J. Hogan, 2004), and Major Problems in American Foreign Relations (with Dennis Merrill, 2010). With Bruce Jentleson, he served as senior editor for the Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations (1997). A microfilm edition of The United States and Castro's Cuba, 1950s?1970s: The Paterson Collection appeared in 1999. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of American History and Diplomatic History. A recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, he has directed National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for College Teachers. In 2000 the New England History Teachers Association recognized his excellence in teaching and mentoring with the Kidger Award. Besides visits to many American campuses, Tom has lectured in Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Venezuela. He is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, which in 2008 honored him with the Laura and Norman Graebner Award for "lifetime achievement" in scholarship, service, and teaching. A native of Oregon, Tom is now informally associated with Southern Oregon University.
Table of Contents
1. Introducing the Gilded Age and Progressive Era ESSAYS Sean Dennis Cashman, Industrial Spring: America in the Gilded Age John Milton Cooper, Jr., Pivotal Decades, 1900-1920 2. The Price of Progress: Capitalism and Its Discontents DOCUMENTS 1. Andrew Carnegie Hails the Triumph of America, 1885 2. Henry George Dissects the Paradox of Capitalist Growth, 1879 3. The Reverend Alexander Lewis Offers an Ode to Upward Mobility, 1902 4. Mark Twain Satirizes the Great American Myth, 1879 5. The Purposes and Program of the Knights of Labor, 1878 6. A Trade Union Official Enunciates a Restrictive AFL Policy Toward Women Workers, 1897 ESSAYS Alan Trachtenberg, The Machine as Deity and Demon Leon Fink, Class Consciousness American-Style 3. Behind the Bravura of the Wild West DOCUMENTS 1. A Buffalo Hunter Describes His Business, c. 1875 2. President Chester A. Arthur Aims to Turn Indians into U.S. Citizens, 1881 3. A Popular Account of the Death of Jesse James, 1882 4. Miguel Antonio Otero Remembers the Land Wars of the 1880s 5. Black Elk Remembers the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 6. Frederick Jackson Turner Praises the Frontier as the Source of American Democracy, 1893 7. Catharine Calk McCarty Meets Her Cattlemen Neighbors, 1916 ESSAYS Richard White, Outlaw Gangs and Social Bandits Robert L. Griswold, Western Women and the Uses of Domestic Ideology David Rich Lewis, Farming and the Northern Ute Experience 4. Trials of the New South DOCUMENTS 1. Sharecroppers' Contracts, 1876-1886 2. Atlanta Constitution Editor Henry W. Grady Heralds the New South, 1886 3. Historian Broadus Mitchell Describes a Benevolent Cotton-Mill Campaign of the 1880s 4. Labor Organizer Mother Jones Compares Southern Mill Life to Serfdom, 1901 5. Frederick Douglass Describes a Legacy of Race Hatred, 1883 6. A Teacher and Two Pupils Outline the Problems of a "Colored" School, 1883 ESSAYS Edward L. Ayers, Mill and Mine Jacqueline Jones, Bent Backs in the Rural South 5. Rise of the Industrial City: New Places, New Peoples DOCUMENTS 1. Population Growth in Select U.S. Cities, 1870-1920 2. Immigrant Distribution in Six Cities, 1870-1920 3. A Visiting Rudyard Kipling Returns, Unimpressed, from Chicago, 1899 4. Poet Carl Sandburg Extols the City of Big Shoulders, 1916 5. Congress Takes Aim at the "Chinese Menace," 1892 6. Huang Zunxian Expresses the Chinese Perspective in Poetry, c. 1884 7. W.E.B. Du Bois Denounces Racial Prejudice in Philadelphia, 1899 8. An Advice Column for Jewish Immigrants, 1906,1907 ESSAYS Maury Klein and Harvey A. Kantor, Technology and the Treadmill of Urban Progress John Bodnar, Families Enter America George J. Sanchez, Americanization of the Mexican Immigrant 6. Politics in the Gilded