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New Spirits: Americans in the "Gilded Age," 1865-1905

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  108 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
New Spirits: Americans in the "Gilded Age," 1865-1905 provides a fascinating look at one of the most crucial chapters in U.S. history. Rejecting the stereotype of a "Gilded Age" dominated by "robber barons," author Rebecca Edwards invites us to look more closely at the period when the United States became a modern industrial nation and asserted its place as a leader on the ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 11th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2005)
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David Withun
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Edwards offers a fascinating and insightful introduction to a very important period in the history of the United States, as the nation emerged from its own civil war into a world power with imperialist ambitions. I found Edwards's chapters on changing attitudes about sexuality, women, and labor to be particularly interesting. She offers both the "man-on-the-ground" view (which I find is the most compelling way to read history) as well as tracking the important political and diplomatic events of ...more
Peter
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca Edwards challenges the notion of a dichotomy between a Gilded Age and a Progressive Era on the grounds that the period from 1865 to 1905 was more continuous than discontinuous. (6-7) She prefers to think of the period as a "'long Progressive Era'...characterized throughout by economic and political integration, the building of nationwide networks for reform and protest, and use of government for new ends" or as "a seedbed of ideas that achieved full growth in later decades." (7) She argu ...more
Brent McCulley
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
A fascinating book that dives into topics not usually studied during this crucial time period often referred to as the Gilded Age of America, Edwards deals with such topics from sports to sex. How have these things came to be, and how were they progressing throughout this age? How did they differ from men to woman, and why were they different on the west coast in comparison to the east coast?

Edwards 'New Spirits' truly is a delight to read as one learns not just about the Gilded Age, but the pe
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Zack
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Edwards talks in this book about taking a different few of the Gilded Age and wants the reader to ignore there general stereotypes about what the time period really stood for. It does well to incorporate many different views from a variety of sources of different class and racial backgrounds. That is the up. The down is that the book is a bit dry and not the most fun read. Overall, it left me feeling "meh".
Lenny
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative book that read like a college text book. Had tons of names of authors who wrote about that era. A huge compendium of facts and incidents concerning those years. Must have been a lot of work for the author to compile all that information.
Chris Fobare
I'm a huge fan of Edwards' work; however, there a several factual inaccuracies in this book that call into question the legitimacy of the author's research.
Emily
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty heavy read, but a ton of new material...
Jim Swike
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great read about the History of the Gilded Age, not just a text book read, but greatread from cover to cover especially for lovers of history.
Constance
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book with good information.
Elaine
Feb 05, 2009 marked it as maybe-another-day-i-might-want-to-b  ·  review of another edition
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