Bodnar, John. The Transplanted: A History of Immigrants in Urban America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987. A broad interpretive study of how immigrants in America endured the “swirl of interaction” between economic and societal forces by providing order and stability in their lives.
Cameron, Ardis. Radicals of the Worst Sort Laboring Women in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1860–1912. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995. Cameron explores the role of women in worker militancy from the perspective of the neighborhood and argues for the importance of female networks and associational life in working-class culture and politics.
Chauncey, George. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890–1940. New York: Basic Books, 1995. Chauncey maps out the complex gay world of turn-of-the-century New York City.
Gabaccia, Donna. Immigration and American Diversity: A Social and Cultural History. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, Inc., 2002. A valuable, fresh overview of immigration that explores issues such as individual identities, ethnic group formations, and interactions between immigrants and the native-born.
Kasson, John F. Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century. New York: Hill and Wang, 1978. Kasson examines the historical context in which Coney Island made its reputation as an amusement park and shows how America’s changing social and economic conditions formed the basis of a new mass culture.
Magliocca, Gerard N. The Tragedy of William Jennings Bryan: Constitutional Law and the Politics of Backlash. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. This work explores how Bryan’s effort to reach the White House energized conservatives across the nation and caused a transformation in constitutional law.
McMath, Robert C., Jr. American Populism: A Social History, 1877–1898. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993. An easy-to-read, accessible volume on the often complex story of the Farmers’ Alliance and the Populist Party.
Orsi, Robert A., The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880–1950. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010 (1985). Orsi demonstrates how the East Harlem world continues to inspire scholars and readers far beyond its parish boundaries.
Peiss, Kathy. Cheap Amusements. Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986. Peiss explores the rise of mass entertainment and how it affected women’s lives in turn-of-the-century America.
Stansell, Christine. American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009. Stansell tells the story of the most famous of these neighborhoods, Greenwich Village, which—thanks to cultural icons such as Eugene O’Neill, Isadora Duncan, and Emma Goldman—became a symbol of social and intellectual freedom.
Warner, Sam Bass, Jr. The Urban Wilderness: A History of the American City. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. This classic work places the Gilded Age city within the larger context of urban development.
Wyman, Mark. Round- Trip to America: The Immigrants Return to Europe, 1880–1930. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1996. Explores the return-migration of “new” immigrants and the many consequences of their temporary stay in the United States, including the ideas and goods that they took back with them to Europe.
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Barth, Gunther Paul. City People: The Rise of Modern City Culture in Nineteenth- Century America. An exploration of the new culture that emerged in American cities and how urban culture transformed the countryside as well.
Pope, S.W. Patriotic Games: Sporting Traditions in the American Imagination, 1876–1926. Between the 1890s and the 1920s, sport became the most pervasive popular cultural activity in American society. Pope explores the ways sport was transformed from a mere amusement into a metaphor for American life.
Postel, Charles. The Populist Vision. Postel argues that the Populists understood themselves as—and were in fact—modern people, who pursued an alternate vision for modern America.
Goodwyn, Lawrence. The Populist Moment: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America. Lawrence introduces populism as a uniquely American movement, and claims that the spirit of the frontier was never rugged individualism, but community.
1896: The Presidential Campaign. A thorough collection of biographies of the major figures in 1896, cartoons, and commentary.
Immigration to the United States, 1789–1930. A fantastic collection on special topics relating to immigration ranging from the California Gold Rush to Chinese Exclusion.
The Tenement Museum. Connected to the Tenement Museum in New York City, this site contains lots of activities, images, and other features on tenement living around the turn of the century.