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

Thursday, February 3

11:15 am - 12:15 pm


Thursday, February 3rd and 17th at 11:15am NEW TIME. 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.

February 3: Buffalo Bill Cody and the Myth of the West (Episode 3) Smokestack Nation: The Industrial Titans (Episode 4)

February 17: Andrew Carnegie: The Self-Made Ideal (Episode 5) Big Business: Democracy for Sale? (Episode 6)

Suggested Readings:

(Episode 3) Philbrick, Nathaniel. The Last Stand. (Put a hold on it) (Download book on Libby) Warren, Louis. Buffalo Bill’s America.(Put a hold on it) West, Elliott. The Last Indian War. (Put a hold on it)

(Episode 4) Chernow, Ron. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (Put a hold on it) (Download audio on Hoopla) (Download book or audio on Libby) Morris, Charles. The Tycoons. (Put a hold on it) (Download book on Libby) Stiles, T.J., The First Tycoon. (Put a hold on it) (Download book or audio on Libby) Strouse, Jean. Morgan. (Put a hold on it) (Download audio on Hoopla)

(Episode 5) Alger, Horatio. Ragged Dick. (Put a hold on it) (Download on Overdrive) (Download ebook or audio on Hoopla) Cawelti, John. Apostles of the Self-Made Man. (Put a hold on it) Nasaw, David. Andrew Carnegie. (Put a hold on it)

(Episode 6) O’Donnell, Edward T. Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality. (Put a hold on it) (Download on Hoopla) Tarbell, Ida. The History of the Standard Oil Company. (Put a hold on it) (Download on Hoopla) Trachtenberg, Alan & Foner, Eric. The Incorporation of America. (Put it on hold)

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