GILDED AGE: 1876-1912 Overture to the American Century

GILDED AGE: 1876-1912 Overture to the American Century

ALAN AXELROD    Book Number: 86503    Product format: Hardback

'The Gilded Age' is a term coined by Mark Twain, that refers to rapid economic growth after the Civil War, a time lauded for its rowdiness, innovation and barbarism. From Thomas Edison and his 'Invention Factory' based in Menlo Park which provided one form of technology after another to the 'Great Rebuilding' of Chicago which included some of the most prominent architects such as Henry Hobson Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Dankmar Adler, Daniel Burnham, Martin Roche and Solon Spencer Beman, Alan Axelrod covers tectonic events in American history such as the Spanish-American War in 1898, the emergence of writers including Hawthorne (1804-64), Melville (1819-91), Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) and the introduction of the statue of Lady Liberty. This guide also includes more than 200 photographs, political cartoons, engravings and other ephemera which bring this history to life, ranging from Frederick Law Olmsted's 'A View of Central Park, New York' from about 1875, in which Olmsted contrasts bucolic order with the spirit of wild beauty to create one of the world's great urban oases, to a poster depicting the Gibson Girls and their 'S-curve torsos' thanks to the new type of 'swan-bill' corset, and a map of 'The United States Office of Indian Affairs' map of US Indian reservations' in 1892, the year after the Sioux Wars ended. Split into two parts, 'People and Things' and 'Form and Reform', Axelrod presents a study of one of the most evolutionary periods of Northern American history, whether that is a detailed study of the Wanamakers at the World's Fair with their literal cathedral of commerce and an introduction to the 'maternal commonwealth', including details of the suffragists and temperance women, or a history of Morse code, which Samuel F. B. Morse began developing in 1837 (the same year as his telegraph patent), and a focus on Mosses from an Old Manse published by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1848 which put Hawthorne on the literary map and drew international interest to American literature. The land of opportunity is made more than an American dream in this extraordinary guide through this brief but eventful period. 7" x 9", colour images, 380pp.
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