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Beard, Charles A.
1914 Dewey Dec. 973.8
A text book which is intended to supply the student and the general reader with a handy guide. The history of the period is treated mainly from the economic viewpoint. Contains an annotated bibliography. – Standard Catalog 1929
Contents: 1. The Restoration of White Dominion in the South 2. The Economic Revolution 3. The Revolution in Politics and Law 4. Parties and Party Issues, 1877-1896 5. Two Decades of Federal Legislation, 1877-1896 6. The Growth of Dissent 7. The Campaign of 1896 8. Imperialism 9. The Development of Capitalism 10. The Administrations of Theodore Roosevelt 11. The Revival of Dissent 12. Mr. Taft and Republican Disintegration 13. The Campaign of 1912 Appendix Bibliography. The Gilded Age.
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Russell & Russell 1967 Dewey Dec. 973.8
Rutherford B. Hayes presidency, America in the 1870s.
Beisner, Robert L.
McGraw-Hill 1968 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“This prize-winning book examines the anti-imperialist protest of twelve prominent and strong-minded Americans against the empire seized from Spain in 1898. Although they did not agree among themselves on all points, these men—whether philosopher (William James), Robber Baron (Andrew Carnegie), ex-President (Benjamin Harrison), perennial dissenter (Carl Schurz), Speaker of the House (Thomas B. Reed), or closet critic (Charles Eliot Norton) – joined forces with the others in this study and thousands of their countrymen “to warn a nation of optimists that America could not escape the consequences of its own conduct.” Their unheeded warning is eloquently renewed in this book.” – Book cover
Contents: The American Mugwump – Carl Schurz: the law and the prophet – William James: Paradise lost – E. L. Godkin and Charles Eliot Norton: the last straw – Edward Atkinson: the informal empire – Charles Francis Adams and the election of 1900 – George F. Hoar: the trials of dissent – Andrew Carnegie: the primacy of the Philippines – Old chiefs and stalwarts: the impotent protest – The Anti-Imperialists and America: a conclusion. America in the 1890s.
Brady, Cyrus Townsend
McClure, Phillips 1904 Dewey Dec. 973.8
Contents: Part I: Protecting the Frontier: The Powder River expedition – The tragedy of Fort Phil Kearney – The thirty-two against the three thousand – Personal reminiscences of Fort Phil Kearney and the wagon-box fight – Forsyth and the Rough Riders of ’68 – The journey of the scouts and the rescue of Forsyth – A scout’s story of the defense of Beecher’s Island – Carpenter and his brunettes. The fight on Beaver Creek – A further discussion of the Beaver Creek affair – The battle of the Washita – Carr and Tall Bull at Summit Springs.
Part II: The War with the Sioux: With Crook’s advance – Ex-trooper Towne on the Rosebud fight – The grievance of Rain-in-the-Face – The Little Big Horn Campaign – The Last of Custer – One of the last men to see Custer alive – The personal story of Rain-in-the-face – Two interesting affairs – The first success – A decisive blow – Miles’ great campaigning – What they are there for – a sketch of General Guy V. Henry, a typical American soldier. Indian Wars, General George Armstrong Custer.
Brady, Cyrus Townsend, ed.
Doubleday, Page 1913 Dewey Dec. 973.8
These are collected accounts of actual battles between the U.S. Army and various Indian forces, and appear to have been contributed in most cases by Army officers who participated.
Contents: The Nez Perce War: The epic of the Nez Perces – Chief Joseph’s own story – General Howard’s comment on Joseph’s narrative – The battle of White Bird Canyon – The affair at Cottonwood – The Salmon River expedition – The battle of Clearwater – The assembling of the soldiers and the battle of Clearwater – The battle of the Big Hole – The battle of Camas Meadows – The story of Bugler Brooks – The Seventh Cavalry at Canyon Creek – Anecdotes of Chief Joseph.
The Modoc War: In the land of burnt out fires – The first blow – Jackson’s expedition – Boutelle and Scar-Faced Charley – The initial shot – The country they marched and fought over – The killing of the commissioners – First and second battles in the Lava-Beds – The disaster to Thomas’ command – Carrying a stretcher through the Lava-Beds – The last fight of the campaign. Appendix. Indian Wars.
Burgess, John W.
NY: Scribner’s Sons 1905 Dewey Dec. 973.8
A volume in the “American History Series”. Burgess also authored the two books that came before this in the series: “The Middle Period” and “The Civil War and the Constitution”.
Contents: The theory of Reconstruction – President Lincoln’s views and acts in regard to Reconstruction – President Johnson’s plan of Reconstruction and his proceedings in realization of it – The Congressional plan of Reconstruction – The execution of the Reconstruction Acts – The attempt to remove the President – Reconstruction resumed – President Grant and Reconstruction – “Carpet-Bag” and Negro domination in the southern states between 1868 and 1876 – The Presidential election of 1876 and its consequences – International relations of the U.S. between 1867 and 1877. Reconstruction after the Civil War, Andrew Johnson as President, Ulysses S. Grant presidency, America in the 1870s.
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Buenker, John D; Kantowicz, Edward R, eds.
Greenwood 1988 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“The main purpose of the volume is to provide scholars and students with a useful reference work that contains the basic factual information concerning the most important people, events, organizations, legislation, and concepts – the raw materials used by historians to inform their interpretations. In addition, it aims to assess briefly each topic’s historical importance in the overall scheme of the Progressive Era and to provide readers with a brief bibliography of the most useful works for further study.” Preface. Progressive Reform era, America in the 1890s.
Campbell, Charles S.
Harper & Row 1976 Dewey Dec. 973.8
A volume in the “New American Nation” series.
Contents: Postwar frustrations — The Quasi settlement with Great Britain — A Caribbean naval base and an Isthmian Canal: the 1870s and 1880s — Commitments in Hawaii and Samoa — Commercial expansion in the 1880s — The Far East — Anglo-American-Canadian controversies in the northeastern fisheries and the Bering Sea — Currents of the 1890s and territorial expansion — Unjingo Jim — The Hawaiian revolution of 1893 and its aftermath — The Venezuela boundary dispute: a turning point in Anglo-American relations — Stalemate: an American Isthmian Canal and Hawaii — Chronic rebellion in Cuba — War with Spain — Fait accompli at Manila Bay — Territorial expansion — Anglo-American amity.
Carter, Dan T.
Louisiana State University 1985 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“In the months after Appomattox, the South was plunged into a chaos that surpassed even the disorder of the last hard months of the war itself. Peace brought, if anything, an increased level of violence to the region as local authorities of the former Confederacy were stripped of their power and the returning foot soldiers of the defeated army, hungry and without hope, raided the already impoverished countryside for food and clothing…. ‘When the War Was Over’ is a social and political history of the two years following the surrender of the Confederacy, when the South, under the watchful gaze of Congress and the Union army, attempted to rebuild its shattered society and economic structure… Carter draws a vivid portrait of the political leaders who emerged after the war, a diverse group of men — former loyalists as well as a few mildly repentant fire-eaters — who in some cases genuinely sought to find a place in southern society for the newly emancipated slaves, but who in many other cases merely sought to redesign the boundaries of black servitude.” -Publisher
Contents: 1. Social disorder and violence in the land of the vanquished — 2. Self-reconstruction begins: the failure of the strait-sect unionism — 3. Southern realism and southern honor: the limits of self-reconstruction — 4. Uncertain prophets in the land of the vanquished — 5. The proslavery argument in a world without slavery — 6. Self-reconstruction: the final act — 7. Political alternatives in the land of fog and confusion. Reconstruction after the Civil War.
Cashman, Sean Dennis
New York University 1988 Dewey Dec. 973.8
Sean Dennis Cashman traces the political and social saga of America as it passed through the momentous transformation of the Industrial Revolution and the settlement of the West.
Contents: Industrial spring — Titans at war: The industrial legacy of Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan — Exodus to a promised land — The sorrows of labor — Not since Nineveh: Tall stories and tales of two cities — Midsummer of the American Renaissance — Reconstruction and the New South — The last refuge of a scoundrel — Opening the West and closing the frontier — Gates of silver and bars of gold — War and empire — The dawn of a progressive age. America in the Gilded Age.
Castel, Albert E.
Regents 1979 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“Castel achieves an objective reassessment of Johnson and his presidential actions by examining him primarily in terms of his effectiveness in using power and by not judging him–as most other scholars have–on moralistic or ideological grounds… Johnson’s formulation of a Reconstruction policy for the defeated South comes under special scrutiny; Castel evaluates Johnson’s motives for that policy, its implementation, and its reception in both North and South. He descries and analyzes Johnson’s quarrel with the Republican-dominated Congress over Reconstruction, the triumph of the Republicans in the election of 1866, the president’s frustrated attempt to remove Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton from office, his bitter dispute with General Ulysses S. Grant, and his impeachment by Congress… This study sheds light on the nation’s problems during the chaotic period between 1865 and 1869 and contributes a great deal to a much improved understanding of the seventeenth president.” -Publisher
Contents: Andrew Johnson becomes President – The President proclaims his policy – Presidential Reconstruction in action – Johnson quarrels with the Republicans – Johnson loses his quarrel – Republican Reconstruction – The President counterattacks – Johnson versus Grant – Impeachment – Trial and escape – Johnson finishes his Presidency – Johnson before the bar of history. Andrew Johnson as President.
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Chadwick, French Ensor
1911 Dewey Dec. 973.8
A comprehensive, well documented history which is of special value for its extended presentation of the Spanish point of view. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926
Contents: Volume I: 1. Naval Movements and Preparations 2. The Forces 3. Strategy 4. Spanish Views 5. The Beginning of Hostilities 6. The Battle of Manila 7. Sampson’s Move Eastward, the Attack on San Juan, and Cervera’s Arrival in the Caribbean 8. Cervera’s Voyage 9. The Moves to Intercept Cervera 10. Cienfuegos 11. The Movements of the Flying Squadron 12. The Situation in Santiago 13. Sampson Leaves for Santiago; Schley Begins Blockad 14. The Blockade and the Sinking of the “Merrimac” 15. The Blockade of Santiago 16. The Blockade of Santiago: The Army Movement Appendices
Volume II: 1. The Army Expedition to Santiago 2. The Spanish Situation at Santiago 3. The Army’s Advance on Santiago 4. The Army’s Advance on Santiago – Continued 5. The Battles of El Caney and San Juan Hill 6. The Sortie of the Spanish Squadron 7. The Naval Battle of Santiago 8. After the Battle 9. The Investment of Santiago 10. Preparations for the East. In Front of Santiago 11. The Surrender of Santiago 12. The Eastern Squadron. Preparing for the New Expeditions 13. The Puerto Rico Expedition 14. Last Operations in the North Atlantic 15. The Blockade and Minor Operations 16. The Blockade of Manila and Despatch of Troops 17. The Cruise of Camara’s Squadron 18. The Army at Manila 19. The Surrender of Manila 20. The Peace Protocol 21. The Treaty of Peace Bibliography Appendices. History of the Spanish American War.
Cosmas, Graham A.
University of Missouri 1971 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“Military historian Graham A. Cosmas reconstructs the planning and execution of Spanish-American War strategy from the perspective of those with the ultimate responsibility: the president, the secretary of war, the commanding general of the army, and the chief and commanders of the army’s various bureaus and corps… Cosmas argues that the traditional view of the war is from the “bottom up” because, while headlines were being made about inadequate supplies, disease, and outdated weapons at ground level, the civilian and military figures at the highest ranks remained virtually silent about how and why they made their decisions. This volume, based on intensive research in documentary materials, including the personal papers of President William McKinley and Secretary of War Russell A. Alger, as well as the voluminous files of Adjutant General Henry Clark Corbin and the quartermaster general’s offices, shows the day-to-day progress of the war as the highest-ranking officials saw it, digested it, and based subsequent decisions on it.” -Publisher
Contents: The War Department and the Army, 1898 – The men and their ideas – The shaping of military policy – Mobilization begins; strategy changes – Command, administration, and supply – Organizing the Invasion forces – The army in combat – Sickness and scandal – An army for empire. History of the Spanish American War
Dewey, Davis Rich
1907 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“Beginning with the new economic conditions that the Cleveland administration of 1884 found, Professor Dewey traces the course of the national problems to 1897. He deals with organized labor, civil service, the tariff, silver, railroads, foreign relations, the reorganization of the Republican party, foreign policy, commercial organization currency, and the free coinage campaign of 1896.” Book Review Digest. Contains maps and bibliography.
Contents: 1. Growth and Development (1880-1897) 2. The Civil Service (1885-1888) 3. Organized Labor (1884-1888) 4. Tariff Agitation (1885-1889) 5. Silver and Expenditures (1885-1889) 6. National Supervision of Railroads (1886-1896) 7. Fisheries and Isthmian Canal (1885-1889) 8. Campaign of 1888 (1887-1888) 9. Solidifying the Republican Party (1888-1892) 10. The Negro Vote (1890) 11. McKinley Tariff and Billion-Dollar Congress (1889-1893) 12. Trusts (1882-1897) 13. Foreign Affairs under Harrison (1889-1893) 14. Silver Agitation (1889-1893) 15. Presidential Election of 1892 16. Maintenance of the Gold Standard (1893-1896) 17. Democratic Tariff Legislation (1893-1895) 18. Labor Disturbances (1894) 19. Hawaii and Venezuela (1894-1895) 20. Campaign for Free Coinage (1896) 21. Critical Essay on Authorities. Grover Cleveland presidency.
Diner, Steven J.
Hill and Wang 1998 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“Diner, drawing on the rich scholarship of recent social history, focuses on how Americans of diverse backgrounds and at all economic levels responded to the Progressive Era. Industrial workers and farmers, recent immigrants and African Americans, white-collar workers and small entrepreneurs had to reinvent the ways they managed their work, family, community, and leisure as the forces of change swept away familiar modes of economic life, rearranged hierarchies of social status, and redefined the relationship of citizens to their government.” -Book jacket.
Contents: Prologue: Crisis in the 1890s – Owners, managers, and corporate capitalism – Industrial workers’ struggle for control – immigrants in industrial America – Rural Americans and industrial capitalism – African-Americans’ quest for freedom – White-collar workers in corporate America – The competition for control of the professions – The progressive discourse in American politics – The Great War and the competition for control. Progressive Reform era.
Doenecke, Justus D
Regents 1988 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“Far from being cynical spoilsmen or naive incompetents, individuals whose presidencies provide studies in ineptitude, Garfield and Arthur emerge as men of considerable ability… [Garfield’s] knowledge of how government worked was unmatched; long before Woodrow Wilson made his mark, Garfield was “the scholar in politics.”… Garfield was assassinated less than six months after he entered office; he had yet to be tested on major issues of public policy. Chester A. Arthur was ill prepared to be chief executive, was in poor health much of the time while he was in office, and was faced with a hopelessly divided party. Nevertheless, he was one of the nation’s great political surprises… Doenecke challenges the long-held view that, from 1881 to 1885, the nation was withdrawn and insular. His fresh perspective on the Garfield and Arthur years will be of considerable interest to historians of the Gilded Age.” -Publisher
Contents: Institutions in transition — The uneasy victory — A troubled president — Mr. Secretary Blaine — No longer Chet — Scandal and reform — “Arthur is for us”: the president and the South — Mr. Frelinghuysen’s inheritance — To far-flung shores — Trade and tariffs — The summing up.
Little, Brown 2008 Dewey Dec. 973.8
In June of 1876, on a desolate hill above a winding river called “the Little Bighorn,” George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his command were annihilated by almost 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. The news caused a public uproar, and those in positions of power promptly began to point fingers in order to avoid responsibility. Custer, who was conveniently dead, took the brunt of the blame. The truth, however, was far more complex. This is the first book to relate the entire story, and the first to call upon all the research and findings of the past 25 years–which have changed significantly how this controversial event is perceived. It is also the first book to bring to light the details of the U.S. Army cover-up–and unravel one of the greatest mysteries in U.S. military history.” Publisher
Contents: Prologue: Good day to die — Approach: — Divine injunction — Boy general of the golden lock — Patriots — Outside the states — Belknap’s Anaconda — Submitt to Uncl Sam or kill the 7 hors — Advance: — Hide and seek for Sitting Bull– Fruits of insubordination — Seventh rides out — Trail to the greasy grass — On the jump — Attack: — Charge — Savior of the Seventh — Soldiers falling — Hill — Death was all around us — Rescue — Aftermath: — All the world has gone — Lost captain — For the honor of the regiment — Ghosts dancing
Du Bois, W. E. B.
Free Press 1998 Dewey Dec. 973.8
W.E.B. Du Bois called Black Reconstruction, first published in 1934, his “magnum opus.” A massive reinterpretation of the Civil War and Reconstruction with African Americans as actors rather than pawns, it presaged postwar changes in prevailing interpretations of southern history, as well as the rise of black militancy in the 1960s.
Contents:The black worker — The white worker — The planter — The general strike — The coming of the Lord — Looking backward — Looking forward — The transubstantiation of a poor white — The price of disaster — The black proletariat in South Carolina — The black proletariat in Mississippi and Louisiana — The white proletariat in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida — The duel for labor control on border and frontier — Counter-revolution of property — Founding the public school — Back toward slavery — The propaganda of history. Reconstruction after the Civil War.
Dunning, William Archibald
1907 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“The purpose of the volume is to show that Reconstruction, with all its hardships and inequities, was not deliberately planned as a punishment and humiliation for those formerly in rebellion, though the spirit of retribution had its part. It was an effort, clumsy and partisan, yet in the main honestly meant to make provision for the inevitable consequences of the Civil War.” Editor’s introduction. Contains maps and bibliography.
Contents: 1. Problems of the Restored Union (1865) 2. Working towards a Peace Basis (1865) 3. The Policy and Ambition of President Johnson (1865) 4. The First Congressional Policy of Reconstruction (1865-1866) 5. The Judgment of North and South on Reconstruction (1866-1867) 6. Radical Reconstruction at Washington (1866-1868) 7. Radical Reconstruction in the South (1867-1868) 8. The Election of Grant (1868) 9. Economic and Social State of the Nation (1865-1869) 10. A Critical Period in Foreign Relations (1865-1873) 11. The Climax of Radical Reconstruction (1869-1872) 12. The Liberal Republican Movement and its Failure (1870-1872) 13. Political and Social Demoralization in the South (1870-1873) 14. Commercial and Industrial Demoralization in the North (1869-1873) 15. The “Tidal Wave” of 1874 16. The Supreme Court and Reconstruction (1865-1875) 17. The Movement towards White Supremacy in the South (1874-1875) 18. The Nadir of National Disgrace (1875-1876) 19. The Presidential Campaign (1876) 20. The Disputed Count (1876) 21. The Electoral Commission (1877) 22. Critical Essay on Authorities. Reconstruction after the Civil War, Andrew Johnson as president, Ulysses S. Grant presidency.
Fleming, Walter L., ed.
Morgantown, WV: 1904 Dewey Dec. 973.8
Walter L. Fleming was a Professor of History at West Virginia University. He collected here about 35 documents of interest for Reconstruction, and provided a few pages’ introduction of the historical background for each chapter.
Contents: 1. The Knights of the White Camelia 2. Ku Klux Klan 3. The Union League of America 4. & 5. Public Frauds in South Carolina 6. & 7. The Freedmen’s Bureau 8. The “Black Codes” of 1865-1866. Reconstruction after the Civil War.
Foner, Eric and Mahoney, Olivia
Harper Perennial 1995 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“Investigates the origins of Reconstruction during the Civil War, explores how black and white Southerners responded to the Confederacy’s defeat and the destruction of slavery, and examines the policies of Reconstruction government and the reasons for their overthrow. Many of the key individuals who shaped the era are highlighted in extended captions through the book.” Book cover. The book is a companion volume to a 1995 museum exhibit on the era that originated in Richmond, VA, and the book includes images from the exhibit.
Contents: Before Appomattox: rehearsal for Reconstruction – The meaning of freedom: black and white responses to the end of slavery – The politics of Reconstruction and the origins of civil rights – Reconstruction government in the south – The ending of Reconstruction. Reconstruction after the Civil War.
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Louisiana State Univ. 1983 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“The first essay examines the aftermath of slavery in Haiti and the British Caribbean, and also looks briefly at early twentieth-century racial and economic relations in southern and eastern Africa; The second essay turns to how the issues and patterns prevalent in the Caribbean and Africa were duplicated in the post-emancipation United States; The third essay examines a specific set of events during American Reconstruction, the strikes of rice workers along the Combahee River in South Carolina, to illustrate how many issues were resolved at the local level. The purpose of this book, then, was to examine crucial aspects of the forging of a new social order in the aftermath of slavery.” from the Introduction. Reconstruction after the Civil War.
Contents: I The Anatomy of Emancipation — II The Politics of Freedom — III The Emancipated Worker.
Ford, Henry Jones
Toronto: Glasgow, Brook 1919 Dewey Dec. 973.8
Vol 44 in the “Chronicles of America” series.
Contents: A transition period – Political groping and party fluctuation – The advent of Cleveland – A constitutional crisis – Party policy in Congress – Presidential knight-errantry – The Public discontents – The Republican opportunity – The free silver revolt – Law and order upheld. Grover Cleveland presidency.
Foy, Jessica H. and Schlereth, Thomas J, eds.
Univ. of Tennessee 1992 Dewey Dec. 973.8
Essay collection. “The book’s contributors study transformations in services (such as home utilities of power, heat, light, water, and waste removal) in servicing (for example, the impact of home appliances such as gas and electric ranges, washing machines, and refrigerators), and in serving (changes in domestic servants’ duties, hours of work, racial and ethnic backgrounds). In blending intellectual and home history, these essays both examine and exemplify the perennial American enthusiasm for, as well as anxiety about, the meaning of modernity”. Publisher.
Contents: Introduction : American homes and American scholars / Thomas J. Schlereth — The modern look of the early twentieth-century house : a mirror of changing lifestyles / Candace M. Volz — The decline of the memory palace : the parlor after 1890 / Katherine C. Grier — Children in the house, 1890 to 1930 / Karin Calvert — Home libraries : special spaces, reading places / Linda M. Kruger — A history of American beds and bedrooms, 1890-1930 / Elizabeth Collins Cromley — “The family that plays together stays together” : family pastimes and indoor amusements, 1890-1930 / Donna R. Braden — Parlor piety : the home as sacred space in Protestant America / Colleen McDannell — Gardens of change / Patricia M. Tice — Coal stoves and clean sinks : housework between 1890 and 1930 / Ruth Schwartz Cowan — Conduits and conduct : home utilities in Victorian America, 1876-1915 / Thomas J. Schlereth –Modernizing domestic service / Daniel E. Sutherland. Victorian period, America in the Gilded age.
Franklin, John Hope
Louisiana State Univ. 1976 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“…there were thousands of southerners – planters, merchants, bankers, students, housewives, writers, and politicians – who traveled extensively in the North and who recorder their impressions in letters to their families, in articles for the local press, and in the few books they wrote. Franklin canvasses the entire field of southern travel and analyzes the travelers and their accounts of what they saw in the North.” Book jacket.
Contents: The grand tour — Learning in Yankeeland — A special economic relationship — An album of southern travel — Black over White? — A far cry from Eden — Crusaders among infidels — A renewal of faith.
Garraty, John A.
Harper & Row 1968 Dewey Dec. 973.8
Analyzes the social, political, and economic conditions in America between Reconstruction and the beginning of the great depression of the 1890’s. “A well-reasoned analysis of the social, economic and political development of the U.S. as the nation responded to the changes wrought by industrialization and the consequent necessity for men to organize their affairs in cities, in corporate bodies, and in unions.” – Libr J.
Contents:The glitter and the gold — Agriculture — Industry — The workingman — Urbanization — The political system — From Hayes to Harrison — Social thought
Oxford University 1978 Dewey Dec. 973.8
This condensed version of Lawrence Goodwyn’s Democratic Promise, the highly-acclaimed study on American Populism which the Civil Liberties Review called “a brilliant, comprehensive study,” offers new political language designed to provide a fresh means of assessing both democracy andauthoritarianism today.
Contents: Creating a democratic politics. Prelude to populism : discovering the limits of American politics ; The alliance develops a movement culture ; The cooperative vision : building a democratic economy — The people’s movement encounters the received culture. The national alliance : organizing northern farmers, southern blacks, and urban workers ; Reform and its shadow : the core cultural struggle ; Reform politicians, reform editors, and plain people : the language of American populism — The triumph of the corporate state. The shadow movement acquires a purpose ; The last agrarian crusade : the movement vs. the silver lobby ; The irony of populism — Afterword
Haworth, Paul Leland
1912 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“Primarily a political history, very fairly successful in the difficult task of trying to see recent events in historical perspective, and having the great merits of being eminently readable. . . Maps, index and valuable annotated list of suggessted readings.” N.Y. State Library
Contents: 1. The Aftermath of War 2. President Johnson’s Plan of Reconstruction 3. Congress takes Control 4. Mexico, Alaska, and the Election of 1868 5. The Fruits of Reconstruction 6. Foreign Relations and the Liberal Republican Movement 7. The End of an Era 8. The Passing of the “Wild West” 9. An Interlude 10. The Changing Order 11. The Return of the Democracy 12. The Second Harrison 13. Hard Times and Free Silver 14. The War with Spain 15. “Imperialism” 16. “Big Business” and the Panama Canal 17. Roosevelt’s “Second” Term 18. The New West 19. The Progressive Revolt 20. The “New Freedom” and “Watchful Waiting” 21. America Enters the Great War 22. Campaigns of 1918 23. The Peace Conference 24. A Golden Age in History Suggestions for Further Reading
Cornell University 1963 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“This monograph attempts to examine the crucial incubation period of the American overseas empire by relating the development of that empire to the effects of the industrial revolution on U.S. foreign policy…. the industrial transformation that occurred during the last half of the 19th century marked the beginning of modern America.” – Author’s Preface
Contents: I. Years of preparation, 1860-1889 –II. The intellectual formulation –III. The strategic formulation –IV. The economic formulation –V. Reaction: Depression diplomacy, 1893-1895 –VI. Reaction: the Venezuelan Boundary Crisis of 1895 –VII. Reaction: new problems, new friends, new foes –VIII. Reaction: approach to war –Epilogue
Latane, John Holladay
1907 Dewey Dec. 973.8
A fine study which deals mainly with the Spanish war of 1898 and its consequences. It also includes the economic and administrative questions of the time. Maps and bibliography.
Contents: 1. Intervention in Cuba (1895-1898) 2. First Period of the Spanish War (April-May, 1898) 3. Second Period of the Spanish War (June-August 1898) 4. Peace Negotiations (1898-1899) 5. The Philippine Insurrection (1898-1902) 6. American Diplomacy in the Orient (1897-1895) 7. Free Silver versus Imperialism (1900) 8. The Status of Dependencies (1898-1901) 9. Civil Government in the Philippines (1898-1907) 10. The Republic of Cuba (1899-1907) 11. The Alaskan Boundary (1898-1903) 12. The Panama Canal (1898-1907) 13. The Election of 1904 (1901-1904) 14. International Arbitration (1899-1907) 15. The Monroe Doctrine and World Politics (1895-1902) 16. The Forcible Collection of Public Debts (1901-1907) 17. Immigration (1880-1907) 18. Economic Tendencies (1895-1907) 19. Critical Essay on Authorities
Lingley, Charles Ramsdell
1920 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“The historian is lucid, and despite his necessary brevity he is never uninteresting nor pedantic. His strokes are sure although they are rapid. He is also fair.” Boston Transcript
Contents: 1. Reconstruction and its Aftermath 2. In President Grant’s Time 3. Economic Foundations of the New Era 4. Political and Intellectual Background of the New Issues 5. The New Issues 6. The Administration of Rutherford B. Hayes 7. The Politics of the Early Eighties 8. The Overturn of 1884 9. Transportation and its Control 10. Extreme Republicanism 11. Industry and Laissez Faire 12. Democratic Demoralization 13. The Trend of Diplomacy 14. The Rise of the Wage Earner 15. Monetary and Financial Problems 16. 1896 17. Republican Domination and War with Spain 18. Imperialism 19. The Beginning of a New Century 20. Theodore Roosevelt 21. Politics, 1908-1912 22. Economic and Political Tendencies Since 1896 23. Later International Relations 24. Woodrow Wilson 25. The United States and the World War
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Norton, Emma R.
Peabody, Macey 1882 Dewey Dec. 363.4
Women’s Temperance movement, America in the 1870s.
Norton, Mary Beth
Houghton Mifflin 1994 Dewey Dec. 973.8
Vol 2: Since 1865. Undergraduate-level textbook of American history.
Oberholtzer, Ellis Paxson
1917-26 Dewey Dec. 973.8
Vol 1 – 1865-68; Vol 2 – 1868-72; Vol 3 – 1972-78; Vol 4 -1878-88; Vol 5 – 1888-1901
“The work seems to us, on the whole, to be of great value. Mr. Oberholtzer has an unerring vision for political chicanery. He is exceedingly incisive and succinct in his estimates without oeing prolix and pursuing mere literature. His enthusiasms are fresh, vibrant, interesting. Above all they make good history. No writer of his day has treated his period more freshly, more surely, more keenly. It is the sort of history that makes the reader keenly anxious to peruse the coming volumes.” -Boston Transcript
Contents: Volume I: 1. President Johnson 2. The South after the War 3. Congress in Control 4. The Triumphant North 5. Beyond the Mississippi 6. The Indians 7. War upon the President 8. Mexico, Ireland and Alaska
Volume 2: 9. Reconstructing the South 10. Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson 11. The Campaign of 1868 12. Grant as President 13. The Ku Klux Klan 14. The “Alabama” Claims 15. To the Pacific and Beyond 16. The End of the Orgy
Volume 3: 17. The Greeley Campaign 18. The Panic of 1873 19. Clearing away the Wreck 20. Rout of the Carpetbaggers 21. Hayes and Tilden 22. The Hayes Administration 23. On the Plains and in the Mountains 24. Letters and Art
Volume 4: 25. Up from Panic and Depression 26. Garfield and Arthur 27. Arthur’s Administration and the Election of 1884 28. The Chinese 29. President Cleveland 30. War upon the President 31. The New South 32. In the West
Volume 5: Campaign of 1888 – Harrison’s administration – Cleveland or Harrison again – Cleveland’s second term – Bryan – The war with Spain – After the war – Material progress and social reform
Viking 2010 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“Nathaniel Philbrick, author of ‘In the Hurricane’s Eye’, Pulitzer Prize finalist ‘Mayflower’, and ‘Valiant Ambition’, is a historian with a unique ability to bring history to life. ‘The Last Stand’ is Philbrick’s monumental reappraisal of the epochal clash at the Little Bighorn in 1876 that gave birth to the legend of Custer’s Last Stand. Bringing a wealth of new information to his subject, as well as his characteristic literary flair, Philbrick details the collision between two American icons – George Armstrong Custer and Sitting Bull – that both parties wished to avoid, and brilliantly explains how the battle that ensued has been shaped and reshaped by national myth.” -Publisher. General George Armstrong Custer
Contents: At the flood — The dream — Hard ass — The dance — The scout — The blue pencil line — The approach — The crow’s nest — Into the valley — The charge — To the hill — Still point — The forsaken — Grazing his horses — The last stand — The river of nightmares.
Hill and Wang 2003 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“After President William McKinley was fatally shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901, Americans were bereaved and frightened. Eric Rauchway’s brilliant ‘Murdering McKinley’ re-creates Leon Czolgosz’s hastily conducted trial and then traverses America as Dr. Vernon Briggs, a Boston alienist, sets out to discover why Czolgosz rose up to kill his President. While uncovering the answer that eluded Briggs and setting the historical record straight about Czolgosz, Rauchway also provides the finest protrait yet of Theodore Roosevelt at the moment of his sudden ascension to the White House.” -Book jacket.
Contents: A week at the fair. — The letter of the law. — Decent. — Killer anarchism. — All-American. — The interpretation of dreams. — An irresistible impulse.
Rhodes, James Ford
1922 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“The twelve years covered by this history . . . include the Spanish American war and its resulting problems, the period of vast business expansion and consolidation, the building of the Panama canal and Roosevelt’s campaign against the trusts. The personalities who stand out, beside the two presidents, are Mark Hanna, I. P. Morgan, John Hay, Andrew Carnegie, Bryan, Root and Taft. As Mr. Rhodes reaches this recent period in our history, his historical detachment is less easily maintained and his political bent more apparent.” -Book Review Digest. Illustrations are portraits of public men of the period.
1899 Dewey Dec. 973.8
A vivid account of the famous volunteer regiment which Roosevelt led during the Spanish American war. Illustrated from photographs. Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.
Contents: 1. Raising the Regiment 2. To Cuba 3. General Young’s Fight at Las Guasimas 4. The Cavalry at Santiago 5. In the Trenches 6. The Return Home Appendices
Shenton, Herbert & others
Association Press 1918 Dewey Dec. 016.3
Booklet with an outline of problems of reconstruction facing the world after World War I, with a bibliography of articles and books for study.
Shifflett, Crandall A.
Facts on File 1996 Dewey Dec. 973.8
A volume in the series ‘Almanacs of American Life’. “Each volume is an almanac-format compilation of intormation in statistical and tabular form, with connective text describing the detail of life during the period. Each book is enhanced by about 100 illustrations… and contains an extensive bibliography.” They provide info on climate, natural history, geography, dates of events, the economy, the population, diet and health, religion, politics & government, cities, education, arts & letters, science and technology, popular culture, crime etc. -Book cover. Victorian period, America in the Gilded Age.
Shippee, Lester Burrell
1924 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“This study covers the history of the United States from the close of the Civil War to 1923. The primary emphasis is placed upon the events themselves, with so little discussion of personalities and policies that the narrative seems to deal largely with the externalities of history. . . The narrative is well proportioned and skillfully handled. It is withal a very useful book.” American Economic Review. Maps and bibliographies
Contents: 1. The South and Reconstruction 2. Reconstruction in the North 3. At the Close of Reconstruction 4. Out of the Depths 5. Politics of the Hayes Administration 6. The Tariff and Politics 7. The Coming of Big Business 8. The Labor Side 9. Cleveland’s First Term 10. Triumphant Republicanism 11. The Coming of Populism 12. Politics and the Panic 13. The Silver Campaign 14. Foreign Relations 15. The War with Spain 16. The Parting of the Ways 17. The New Age 18. The Age of Big Business 19. The Fruits of Imperialism 20. Domestic Policies of Roosevelt 21. William Howard Taft 22. The Progressives 23. President Wilson’s Peace Program 24. Latin America and the Monroe Doctrine 25. The Trials of a Neutral 26. America enters the War 27. The Forces at the Front 28. The Peace Treaty 29. Post War Problems 30. The Return of the Republicans
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Sparks, Edwin Erle
1907 Dewey Dec. 973.8
An excellent book which deals with the history and the social and economic conditions of the time as well as questions of foreign policy. Maps and bibliography.
Contents: 1. The New Spirit of ’76 (1876-1877) 2. The People and their Distribution (1877-1880) 3. Invention and Discovery (1877-1885) 4. Problems of Transportation (1875-1885) 5. Industrial Problems (1875-1885) 6. President Hayes and the South (1876-1877) 7. Republican Dissensions (1877-1878) 8. The Federal Election Laws (1876-1881) 9. Currency and Fisheries (1877-1881) 10. Civil Service Evils (1877-1880) 11. Presidential Election of 1880 (1880-1881) 12. Civil Service Reform (1881-1884) 13. The Isthmian Canal (1877-1885) 14. The Chinese Question (1879-1885) 15. The Far West (1876-1888) 16. The Indian Question (1877-1885) 17. The Tariff of 1883 (1873-1883) 18. Inland Commerce (1875-1885) 19. The Election of 1884 (1882-1884) 20. Critical Essay on Authorities. America in the 1870s, America in the 1880s.
Sproat, John G.
Oxford University 1968 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“During America’s vibrant and colorful Gilded Age, … a group of self-styled “liberals,” led by well-meaning businessmen, intellectuals, and journalists, worked through scores of “good government” clubs and other organizations to raise the tone of American politics… Prominent among them were Henry Adams, Mark Twain, Carl Schurz, Charles Eliot Norton … They dominated the political commentary of the day, received much acclaim for exposing corruption, and have been credited with being a pivotal factor in elections… The author demonstrates conclusively that these “best men” do not deserve their reputation as a forward-looking political force. Stripping aside their own propaganda and self-justification, he shows them to be essentially narrow-minded, illiberal, impractical, and nostalgic in their political goals. Opposed to Reconstruction, often openly anti-Negro, they were also anti-labor, anti-immigrant and uncritical in the extreme of American business. They were unconcerned with America’s vast expansion, and unaware of the main economic and social currents of the day. Their fear of violence and social disruption led them to become hysterical defenders of the status quo.” -Book jacket
Contents: The nature of liberal reform – Retreat to reform – Reluctant reformers – “Sadly honest-looking gentlemen” – The myopic mugwumps – The nature of things – Moral money – The dangerous classes – The heart of the matter – The politics of nostalgia. Progressive reform era.
Tompkins, Vincent, ed.
Gale 1997 Dewey Dec. 973.8
Part of a series providing detailed information on the eras of pre-twentieth century America, this volume includes articles covering headlines and headline makers, awards, achievements and other enlightening and entertaining facts on early American civilization. America in the 1880s, America in the 1890s.
Wiebe, Robert H.
Hill and Wang 1967 Dewey Dec. 973.8
“At the end of the Reconstruction, the spread of science and technology, industrialism, urbanization, immigration, and economic depressions eroded Americans’ conventional beliefs in individualism and a divinely ordained social system. InThe Search for Order, Robert Wiebe shows how, in subsequent years, during the Progressive Era of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, Americans sought the organizing principles around which a new viable social order could be constructed in the modern world. This subtle and sophisticated study combines the virtues of historical narrative, sociological analysis, and social criticism.” -Publisher
Contents: Prelude — The distended society — Crisis in the communities — The fate of the nation — A new middle class — Revolution in values — Progressivism arrives — The illusion of fulfillment — The emergence of foreign policy — The beatified brute — Doorway to the twenties
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