The Republic For Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction And The Gilded Age, 1865-1896
- American History
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Peril, promise, and a nation on the move
Thirty years after the end of the Civil War, Americans occupied an unimagined world. The unity that the war supposedly secured had proved ephemeral. The country was larger, richer, and more diverse. Life spans were shorter due to disease and hazardous working conditions. Deep differences-ethnic, racial, religious, economic, and political-divided society. And the corruption that gave the Gilded Age its name was pervasive. These challenges also brought vigorous efforts to secure economic, moral, and cultural reforms.
In a work as dramatic and colorful as the era it covers, Richard White narrates these decades of disorienting change and mounting unrest, out of which emerged a modern nation whose hallmarks seem strikingly familiar.
"This is the best book on the Gilded Age that has ever been written."-Michael Kazin, author of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918
"Fearless and peerless, Richard White leads us through a transformed and fragmented nation in turmoil, haunted by the slain Abraham Lincoln, where visions of freedom and equality were rapidly vanishing. In the rural South, in the urban North, and out West, from the terribly destitute to the stupendously wealthy, White brings together stories that historians have long told separately, untangling the anger and blame that grew so deeply entrenched in the Gilded Age. How did all this happen? Richard White explains everything."-Martha Hodes, author of Mourning Lincoln
"Richard White has given us a brilliantly imagined narrative of astonishing breadth, thickly peopled with figures from familiar political lions to Lizzie Borden, Dorothy and Toto, that brings to vivid life one of the most challenging periods of American history. His is a twisting, often violent and above all ironic story of a nation finding its way from a time of both tragedy and optimism to one of prodigious wealth and colossal energy, of deepening divisions of class, blood, and ideas, of new meanings of everything from government to geographical space, and of a shaken, tempered faith in the century ahead. This is a masterful performance."-Elliott West, author of The Last Indian War
"This is not your grandaddy's Gilded Age, although corruption-lots of it-oozes from the story. It is powerful and readable history that exudes all the ‘hallmarks of modernity' we have claimed and soberingly invokes our own grave political moment. What ‘vanished' is nothing less than the meaning of Union victory and the world the first Republican party struggled to achieve. White is our Mark Twain with archival authority and footnotes."-David W. Blight, Yale University
About the Author
Richard White is Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University and the author of numerous prize-winning books, including Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Mellon Distinguished Scholar Award.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||September 1, 2017|