The Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

An introduction by Richard White

When in 1873 Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner entitled their co-authored novel The Gilded Age, they gave the late nineteenth century its popular name. The term reflected the combination of outward wealth and dazzle with inner corruption and poverty. Given the period’s absence of powerful and charismatic presidents, its lack of a dominant central event, and its sometimes tawdry history, historians have often defined the period by negatives. They stress greed, scandals, and corruption of the Gilded Age.More »

Sub Eras

Development of the West

With an introduction by Ned Blackhawk, Professor of History and American Studies, Yale UniversityMore »

Populism and Agrarian Discontent

With an introduction by Michael Kazin, Professor of History, Georgetown UniversityMore »

The Gilded Age

With an introduction by T. Jackson Lears, Board of Governors Professor of History, Rutgers UniversityMore »

Empire Building

With an introduction by Robert W. Cherny, Professor of History, San Francisco State UniversityMore »

Immigration and Migration

With an introduction by Hasia Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, New York UniversityMore »