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America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Lecture

America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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America stands at a dramatic crossroads: Massive corporations wield disturbing power. The huge income gap between the one percent and the other 99 percent grows wider. Astounding new technologies are changing American lives.

Sound familiar? These and other issues that characterize the early 21st century were also the hallmarks of the transformative periods known as the Gilded Age (1865-1900) and the Progressive Era (1900-1920). Before the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, America was a developing nation, with a largely agrarian economy and virtually no role in global affairs. Yet by 1900, within 35 years, the US had emerged as the world's greatest industrial power.

Explore these tumultuous times in America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Over decades marked by economic, political, social, and technological upheavals, the US went from an agrarian, isolationist country to the world's greatest industrial power and a nascent geopolitical superpower. In a time rife with staggering excess, social unrest, and strident calls for reform, these and other remarkable events created the country that we know today: industrialization gave rise to a huge American middle class; voluminous waves of immigration added new material to the "melting pot" of US society; the phenomenon of big business led to the formation of labor unions and the adoption of consumer protections; electricity, cars, and other technologies forever changed the landscape of American life.

In taking the measure of six dramatically innovative decades, you'll investigate the economic, political, and social upheavals that marked these years, as well as the details of daily life and the cultural thinking of the times. In the process, you'll meet robber barons, industrialists, socialites, reformers, inventors, conservationists, women's suffragists, civil rights activists, and passionate progressives, who together forged a new United States.

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    Mr. Acapella Cornwall, UK 21/07/2017
    Mr. Acapella Cornwall, UK 21/07/2017 Member Since 2016

    17th Century Heretic

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    "US history, 1865-1920"

    Since Audible doesnt provide us with chapter headings, here is the full list :
    1. 1865: “Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds”
    2. The Reconstruction Revolution
    3. Buffalo Bill Cody and the Myth of the West
    4. Smokestack Nation: The Industrial Titans
    5. Andrew Carnegie: The Self-Made Ideal
    6. Big Business: Democracy for Sale?
    7. The New Immigrants: A New America
    8. Big Cities: The Underbelly Revealed
    9. Popular Culture: Jazz, Modern Art, Movies
    10. New Technology: Cars, Electricity, Records
    11. The 1892 Homestead Strike
    12. Morals and Manners: Middle-Class Society
    13. Mrs. Vanderbilt’s Gala Ball
    14. Populist Revolt: The Grangers and Coxey
    15. Rough Riders and the Imperial Dream
    16. No More Corsets: The New Woman
    17. Trust-Busting in the Progressive Era
    18. The 1911 Triangle Fire and Reform
    19. Theodore Roosevelt, Conservationist
    20. Urban Reform: How the Other Half Lives
    21. The 17th Amendment: Democracy Restored
    22. Early Civil Rights: Washington or Du Bois?
    23. Over There: A World Safe for Democracy
    24. Upheaval and the End of an Era

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    Margaret 08/03/2016
    Margaret 08/03/2016
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    "Decent Overview of the Period"

    This course gives an overview of the period in US history running from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the 1920s.
    As such it covers a lot of information dealing with the increased industrialisation and urbanisation of the US and the politics surrounding it. However because it is an overview it tends to present simplified versions of events and doesn't always make the links between varying ideas.
    It is a very good beginning to understanding modern USA and is worth listening as it gives you the necessary groundwork to dig deeper into the issues.

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  • Quaker
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    17/06/15
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    "Another great course by Professor O'Donnell"

    Professor O'Donnell's first series Turning Points in American History ranks among the best of the many The Great Courses series I have listened to, so I couldn't wait to tackle this new series by Professor O'Donnell which takes a deeper dive into the period from the mid 19th to the early 20th century.

    I was tempted to get the video version because this time period is so rich with historical photographs, documents and political cartoons. However I had an Audible credit and and I knew from his previous course that Professor O'Donnell would be very highly organized and easy to listen to. I have no regrets.

    In the end I have to rate this series just a notch below "Turning Points." That series was absolutely loaded with new insights and "aha" moments, whereas this one felt more like an entertaining race through time ( then again, it could be that I feel that way only because I recently listened to the outstanding Great Courses series on the Industrial Revolution and it covered much of the same time period).

    Bottom line: I recommend it highly. If you are really looking to seriously study this era, then I might first get a global perspective from Professor Bucholz's Foundations of Western Civilization II," then move to this series, and then to Professor Allitt's The Industrial Revolution.

    If you are looking for a broader view of major milestones in American history, then listen to Professor O'Donnell's "Turning Points" followed by Professor Stoler's Skeptics Guide to American History.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • JoJo Blanco
    19/06/17
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    "Great Overview of the subject"

    The professor has an engaging style and knows the subject well. I have enjoyed all of his historic classes and learned much. Thanks Prof.

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  • Mark
    PEORIA, AZ, United States
    03/12/16
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    "This gave me extrodinary insight into this age"

    I learned a lot from this book. It's not a time period that I find that interesting overall, but it really tells you about how greed impacted the nation and how people got sick of it and changed the game. I wonder how long it will take before people get sick of the current game and actually change it. The parallels are breathtaking. This is worth the read.

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  • Duck
    01/09/16
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    "Best audiobook recording I have purchased"

    Very interesting and easy to listen to. Great historical information that is presented extremely well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazel Jane
    CT
    30/07/16
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    "Great"

    Very thorough – strong clear narration– Time flew while listening to this. Fascinating period of history.

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  • Don
    23/05/16
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    "Grandparents Times"

    Succinct, insightful entertaining. I learned a lot about the times my grandparents came of age and started a family.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trebla
    03/04/16
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    "A weak start, stronger finish"

    We all sorta knew this stuff of the guided age- but this connected the parts and added context.
    The parallels with 2016 seem eerie at times- and almost disheartening because we didn't figure it out the first time.
    I

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  • JAG MASTER
    27/02/16
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    "Era mirrors today's headlines"
    If you could sum up America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in three words, what would they be?

    Technology - Change - Progress


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Having the history told through the events and people who lived them.


    What about Professor Edward T. O'Donnell, PhD’s performance did you like?

    Integrated stories, letters and writings that supplemented the telling of history. It made me feel like I was there when the first street lamp or stop light was installed. I felt the highs and lows of the people being described.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How changes in our country occurred but many think they've always been that way. For example the election of Senators.


    Any additional comments?

    Great telling of how America transformed from an agricultural dominated country to industrial power to international military. It tells of the American Ideal and how it came to be ingrained in our culture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicole
    Brooktondale, NY, United States
    29/12/15
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    "A Great Look into a Not Well Known Era"

    Usually when you take an American History course the Gilded Age is not well covered. I only remember a little bit of this era from the history courses I took. So I came in with a small understanding of the era. After this course I found it to be the most fascinating era in US history. So many things happened during this time that still effect us. This is not only in regards to law but also culture.

    Professor O'Donnell has a great voice and I found myself feeling a comfortable familiarity with him. He tells some great stories along the way too so you feel like the people in this era are truly people and not just listed names.

    Sometimes you get a treat with some background music from the era. I loved that as it made the lecture feel really alive.

    I think that this is an important course to get as it has a lot of correlation to our times. Many of the problems of this era are still going on today. Some examples are the rise of nativism, the huge rich versus poor divide and campaign finance. I would personally suggest this as a course for all of those reasons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RhinoHeed
    24/12/15
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    "Interesting subject"

    Great material and subject. Narration is a bit choppy and sometimes difficult to listen to but overall a worthwhile listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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