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Re: Gilded Age monographs

Good Afternoon Mr. Jorsch:

I highly recommend Rebecca Edwards's New Spirits: Americans in the "Gilded Age," 1865 - 1905 (published by Oxford University Press). Edwards not only offers "bottom-up" perspectives on the Gilded Age, but she underscores that a lot of the social and political activism that took place during the Progressive Era had roots in the activism that took place during the Gilded Age.

Best of luck building what sounds like a very fun course!


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Gilded Age monographs

What recent monographs on the Gilded Age have you used in upper level classes that students have responded well to?  I'm teaching a class on the Gilded Age for the first time in a while and am looking for suggestions on books that students will embrace, as opposed to plodding through out of a grim sense of duty.