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

Thursday, January 20

11:15 am - 12:15 pm


Thursday, January 20th and February 3rd 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.

January 20: 1865: “Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds” (Episode 1) The Reconstruction Revolution (Episode 2)

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

Suggested Readings: 
(Episode 1) Beatty, Jack. Age of Betrayal. (Put a hold on it) Painter, Nell Irvin. Standing at Armageddon. (Put a hold on it) ( Download audio in Hoopla) Twain, Mark and Warner, Charles. The Gilded Age. (Put a hold on it) (Download book or audio in Hoopla) (Download book in Libby)

(Episode 2) Blackmon, Douglas. Slavery By Another Name. (Put a hold on it) (Put a hold on the DVD documentary) (Download documentary on Hoopla) (Download book on Libby) Foner, Eric. Reconstruction. (Put a hold on it) (Download on Hoopla) (Download book or audio on Libby) Foner, Eric.  A Short History of Reconstruction.(Put a hold on it) (Download on Hoopla) Richardson, Heather Cox. West From Appomattox (Put a hold on it) (Download on Hoopla)

(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)

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