Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 May 2015

266 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190217174

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New Spirits

Americans in the Gilded Age: 1865-1905

Third Edition

Rebecca Edwards

New Spirits: Americans in the "Gilded Age," 1865-1905, Third Edition, provides a fascinating look at one of the most crucial chapters in U.S. history. Rejecting the stereotype of a "Gilded Age" dominated by "robber barons," author Rebecca Edwards invites us to look more closely at the period when the United States became a modern industrial nation and asserted its place as a leader on the world stage.

In a concise, engaging narrative, Edwards recounts the contradictions of the era, including stories of tragedy and injustice alongside tales of humor, endurance, and triumph. She offers a balanced perspective that considers many viewpoints, including those of native-born whites, Native Americans, African Americans, and an array of Asian, Mexican, and European immigrants.

New to this Edition:

  • Offers expanded coverage of key topics, including electoral politics in the 1870s and 1880s; immigrant experiences; education; Social Darwinism; eugenics and scientific racism; and Plessy v. Ferguson and the evolution of Jim Crow segregation
  • Substantially reorganized and edited to help students trace the chronology of events more clearly
  • Includes new chapter subtitles--to help orient students to the thematic material in each chapter--and new photographs, cartoons, charts, and tables that invite students to interpret the past