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Historical dictionary of the Gilded Age
Schlup, Leonard C., 1943-
Publication Information:
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [2003]

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xv, 658 pages ; 26 cm
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E661 .H59 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This concise dictionary is a comprehensive reference to the colorful period that marks the emergence of the US as a modern nation. Stretching roughly from 1877 to 1901, the Gilded Age was an era noted for extremes - vast fortunes and booming cities on the one hand; widespread poverty on the other.

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This welcome addition to the historical dictionary genre covers a neglected period of American history, 1868-1901. It contains over 1,000 alphabetically arranged essays, written primarily by historians, on topics that include notable figures and organizations, legislation, business and industry, ethnic and minority groups, science and technological developments, and intellectual and cultural matters. Most essays clearly relate the significance of the topic to the period. Although the editors omit biographical sketches found in other reference sources, the expected major figures appear here. Entries supply suggestions for further reading, and there is also a bibliography of general works. This dictionary, which replaces Vincent P. DeSantis's The Gilded Age, 1877-1896 (1973), a bibliography of scholarship, contains a chronology of the period and 28 appendixes that primarily list names and dates of service for, e.g., important government officials, legislators, and judges. The editors succeed in their goal to present the often maligned Gilded Age as an intellectually fertile period in American history. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General and academic collections. L. K. Speer Southeast Missouri State University