Synopses & Reviews
In this new edition, Samuel P. Hays expands the scope of his pioneering account of the ways in which Americans reacted to industrialism during its early years from 1885 to 1914. Hays now deepens his coverage of cultural transformations in a study well known for its concise treatment of political and economic movements.
Hays draws on the vast knowledge of America's urban and social history that has been developed over the last thirty-eight years to make the second edition an unusually well-rounded study. He enhances the original coverage of politics, labor, and business with new accounts of the growth of cities, the rise of modern values, cultural conflicts with Native Americans and foreign nations, and changing roles for women, African-Americans, education, religion, medicine, law, and leisure. The result is a tightly woven portrait of America in transition that underscores the effects of impersonal market forces and greater personal freedom on individuals and chronicles such changes as the rise of social inequality, shifting power, in the legal system, the expansion of the federal government, and the formation of the Populist, Progressive, and Socialist parties.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-252) and index.
About the Author
Samuel P. Hays
is Distinguished Service Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. His other books include Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency
(1959) and Beauty, Health, and Permanence
Table of Contents
Editor's Foreword to the Second Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: The Old and the New
1: Industrialism Under Way
2: Modernization in Values and Culture
4: The Emerging Organizational Society
5: The Reform Impulse
6: City and Country
7: Sectionalism: Economics, Society, and Politics
8: Governing in an Age of Change
9: Expansion of the American Nation
Conclusion: America's Response to Industrialism in Review