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Great Courses: America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era on Zoom

Thursday, June 16

11:15 am - 12:00 pm


Thursday, June 16th and 30th at 11:15-noon on Zoom. Step back in time with Professor Edwin O’Donnell as we explore six innovative decades from the Gilded Age (1865 – 1900) through the Progressive Era (1900-1920). Marked by economic, political, social, and technological upheavals, the U.S. went from an agrarian, isolationist country to the greatest industrial power and a nascent geopolitical superpower. Meet inventors, conservationists, robber barons, civil rights activists, and industrialists, who together forged a new nation.

June 16: The 17th Amendment: Democracy Restored (Episode 21) Early Civil rights: Washington or DuBois? (Episode 22)

June 30: Over There: A World Safe for Democracy (Episode 23) Upheaval and the End of an Era (Episode 24) The series concludes with these episodes

Suggested Readings:

Episode 21 – Goegel, Thomas. Government by the People. (Download on Hoopla) Steffens, Lincoln. The Shame of the Cities.  (Put a hold on it) (Download on Hoopla) Episode 22 – Bay, Mia. To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells. (Put a hold on it) Lewis, David Levering. W.E.B. Du Bois. (Put a hold on it) Norrell, Robert. Up From History: The Life of Booker T. Washington. (Put a hold on it)

Episode 23 – Cooper, John Milton. Breaking the Heart of the World: Woodrow Wilson and the Fight for the League of Nations. (Put a hold on it) Crocker, H.W. The Yanks Are Coming! (Download audio on Hoopla) Kenney, David M. Over Here: The First World War and American Society. (Put a hold on it) (Download audio on Hoopla) Episode 24 – Ackerman, Kenneth.  Young J Edgar. (Put a hold on it) Gage, Beverly. The Day Wall Street Exploded. (Put a hold on it) (Download audio on Hoopla)

For those participating via Zoom you can watch the episodes before on Kanopy and then join the discussion at 11:15 via Zoom. A link will be sent out the day before to everyone on the Great Courses email list.  If you have not previously created an account with Kanopy, first set up your account through the library’s website so you have a free subscription.

If you have previously signed up for a Great Courses program you do not need to register, as you are already signed up. Register here for the Zoom link and to be added to the Great Courses email list.