In the second half of the 19th century, America transformed itself into an industrial power, ready to assume a dominant position on the world scene in the 20th century. The development of industrialization and the consumer society brought about opportunities for many Americans as part of an ever-growing middle class, but also resulted in environmental and social degradation that we continue to deal with at the present time.
Biographies includes entries on various notables, including Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, Jay Gould, Jane Addams and others.
"The giants of industry are featured among the 26 biographies featured here. Some are familiar names now attached to major funding foundations: Carnegie, Rockefeller and Ford. Inventors Edison and Bell are joined by chapters Railroad Workers and Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Workers. Also included are Jane Addams, Caroline Webster Astor, Eugene Debs, John Fitch, Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, Florence Kelley, Robert Lafollette, Lewis H. Latimer, Mary Elizabeth Lease, Francis Cabot Lowell, Elijah McCoy, J.P. Morgan, George Washington Murray, A. Philip Randolph, Samuel Stater, Ellen Gates Starr, Ida M. Tarbell, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Booker T. Washington. Biographies end with brief bibliographies. As with others in these series, persons can be found elsewhere. However, it is easier for students to understand their place in history because they are together here."
--Blanche Woolls, April 2006
Price: US $87.00