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The reckless decade : America in the 1890s /
H.W. Brands.
edition
University of Chicago Press ed.
imprint
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002.
description
375 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0226071162 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002.
isbn
0226071162 (pbk. : alk. paper)
general note
Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
catalogue key
4803017
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [352]-360) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
H. W. Brands holds the Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M University
Excerpts
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"Beautifully written and wonderfully absorbing,The Reckless Decadeis the most accessible survey history of America's turbulent 1890s ever composed."-Douglas Brinkley Just as we do today, Americans of the 1890s faced changes in economics, politics, society, and technology that led to wrenching and sometimes violent tensions between rich and poor, capital and labor, white and black, East and West. InThe Reckless Decade, H. W. Brands demonstrates how we can learn about the contradictions that lie at the heart of America today by looking at them through the lens of the 1890s.
Flap Copy
"Beautifully written and wonderfully absorbing, The Reckless Decade is the most accessible survey history of America's turbulent 1890s ever composed."-Douglas Brinkley Just as we do today, Americans of the 1890s faced changes in economics, politics, society, and technology that led to wrenching and sometimes violent tensions between rich and poor, capital and labor, white and black, East and West. In The Reckless Decade , H. W. Brands demonstrates how we can learn about the contradictions that lie at the heart of America today by looking at them through the lens of the 1890s.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1995-10-02:
In this academic study, Brands (Inside the Cold War), a history professor at Texas A&M, examines aspects of life in the U.S. when the population was, as today, preparing for a new century. He provides thorough descriptions of an economy dominated by the consolidation of the industrial empire of J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie and the contrasting poverty of the urban poor, as documented by journalist Jacob Riis. Political battles raged over a monetary standard of gold versus silver and a foreign policy of expansionism that culminated in the 1898 Spanish-American War. In an interesting analysis of the condition of African Americans, Brand compares the accommodation of Booker T. Washington with the activism of W.E.B. DuBois. A serious problem, however, is Brand's failure to treat women and their struggle for equality. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summaries
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In The Reckless Decade, H.W. Brands demonstrates that we can learn a lot about the contradictions that lie at the heart of America today by looking at them through the lens of the 1890s.
Main Description
"Large-scale economic change, job uncertainty, the politics of extremism and paranoia, arguments over America's international role, racial conflicts. Sound familiar?"(Fritz Lanham, Houston Chronicle ) Just as we do today, Americans of the 1890s faced changes in economics, politics, society, and technology that led to wrenching and sometimes violent tensions between rich and poor, capital and labor, white and black, East and West. In The Reckless Decade , H. W. Brands demonstrates that we can learn a lot about the contradictions that lie at the heart of America today by looking at them through the lens of the 1890s. The 1890s saw the closing of the American frontier and a shift toward imperialist ambitions. Populists and muckrakers grappled with robber barons and gold-bugs. Americans addressed the unfinished business of Reconstruction by separating blacks and whites. Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, and other black leaders clashed over the proper response to continuing racial inequality. Those on top of the economic heap--Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan--created vast empires of wealth, while those at the bottom worked for dimes a day. Brands brings all this to life in a vivid narrative filled with larger-than-life characters facing momentous challenges as they worked toward an uncertain future.
Main Description
"Large-scale economic change, job uncertainty, the politics of extremism and paranoia, arguments over America's international role, racial conflicts. Sound familiar?"(Fritz Lanham,Houston Chronicle) Just as we do today, Americans of the 1890s faced changes in economics, politics, society, and technology that led to wrenching and sometimes violent tensions between rich and poor, capital and labor, white and black, East and West. InThe Reckless Decade, H. W. Brands demonstrates that we can learn a lot about the contradictions that lie at the heart of America today by looking at them through the lens of the 1890s. The 1890s saw the closing of the American frontier and a shift toward imperialist ambitions. Populists and muckrakers grappled with robber barons and gold-bugs. Americans addressed the unfinished business of Reconstruction by separating blacks and whites. Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, and other black leaders clashed over the proper response to continuing racial inequality. Those on top of the economic heapRockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgancreated vast empires of wealth, while those at the bottom worked for dimes a day. Brands brings all this to life in a vivid narrative filled with larger-than-life characters facing momentous challenges as they worked toward an uncertain future.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Coming of Age, or Coming Apart?p. 1
The Lost Frontierp. 7
In Morgan We Trustp. 42
How the Other Half Livedp. 90
Blood on the Waterp. 128
The Matter with Kansasp. 177
Plessy v. Crowp. 215
Cross of Gold, Tongue of Silverp. 254
Democratic Imperialismp. 287
Epiloguep. 336
Bibliographyp. 352
Indexp. 361
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