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The Gilded Age
Shrock, Joel.
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Publication Information:
Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
xxv, 313 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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E169.1 .S5585 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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The Gilded Age--the time between Reconstruction and the Spanish-American War--marked the beginnings of modern America. The advertising industry became an important part of selling the American Dream. Americans dined out more than ever before, and began to take leisure activities more seriously. Women's fashion gradually grew less restrictive, and architecture experienced an American Renaissance. Twelve narrative chapters chronicle how American culture changed and grew near the end of the 20th century. Included are chapter bibliographies, a timeline, a cost comparison, and a suggested reading list for students. This latest addition to Greenwood's American Popular Culture Through History series is an invaluable contribution to the study of American popular culture.

American Popular Culture Through History is the only reference series that presents a detailed, narrative discussion of U.S. popular culture. This volume is one of 17 in the series, each of which presents essays on Everyday America, The World of Youth, Advertising, Architecture, Fashion, Food, Leisure Activities, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Travel, and Visual Arts

Author Notes

Joel Shrock earned his PhD from Miami University and is currently an instructor of history at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. He has authored an article on race and rape in silent film and co-authored another on student protest of the Vietnam War, which appears in the Greenwood Press volume of essays The Vietnam War on Campus: Other Voices, More Distant Drums . He is currently completing a manuscript on popular children's literature in the Gilded Age.

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Booklist Review

Greenwood continues its American Popular Culture Through History series with The Gilded Age0 which focuses on 1875-1900, the time between Reconstruction and the Spanish-American War. The title follows the same format as the preceding volumes in the series, which are split up into standard chapters covering topics such as "The World of Youth," "Fashion," "Food," and "Leisure Activities." Chapters range from about 15-30 pages in length. The volume also include a time line of the pertinent era, an index, suggested further reading, and a page detailing some of the costs (in dollar value) of living in that age. It also contains a few black-and-white pictures per chapter. Unfortunately, as was the case in previous volumes, the pictures are slightly dark, and the captions add little to the content of the books. The Gilded Age0 fits in well with the series, which continues to provide a fascinating look into the pop culture side of history. While learning about government, great leaders, and war is obviously crucial to the study of history, learning about the everyday life of the regular man and woman is just as important in gaining a holistic view of the past. Greenwood excels at looking at history this way; American Popular Culture Through History is an excellent companion to its Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life 0 RBB S 1 04. This two new easy-to-read and informative volume, alone or as parts of the entire series, is recommended for high-school, undergraduate, and public libraries. It could just as well be placed in the circulating collection as in reference. --Susanna Eng Copyright 2005 Booklist

Table of Contents

Ray B. Browne
Series Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Timeline of Popular Culture, 1875-1900p. xvii
1 Everyday Americap. 1
2 World of Youthp. 27
3 Advertisingp. 41
4 Architecturep. 61
5 Fashionp. 79
6 Foodp. 97
7 Leisure Activitiesp. 117
8 Literaturep. 151
9 Musicp. 183
10 Performing Artsp. 205
11 Travelp. 225
12 Visual Artsp. 253
Cost of Products, 1890-1899p. 271
Notesp. 277
Further Readingp. 299
Indexp. 305