Helping students relate to the significant social and culture changes that occurred in the years 1878-1913, Gilded Age and Progressive Era Reference Library has the details and vital connections largely missing in other references. The collection is divided into three unique volumes.
The Almanac focuses on key topics, such as the labor movement, immigration, industrialism, corruption, development of the middle class, muckraking, the assembly line, the Titanic and child labor.
Biographies profiles figures significant to the era, with coverage of Mark Twain, Upton Sinclair, John D. Rockefeller, Ida B. Wells and many others.
Primary Sources is a selection of the most relevant documents of the time, including excerpts from "The Jungle," by Upton Sinclair, "The 1906 Antiquities Act," illustrations of the Gibson Girl and the "Atlanta Compromise Speech of 1895," by Booker T. Washington.
Throughout the three volumes, clear prose, numerous illustrations and interesting sidebars make it easy to understand the political climate, people and events that shaped the time. In addition to providing further reading suggestions and research and activity ideas, each of the Library's three volumes contains a chronology framing events in the wider context, words to know section for additional clarification, and a subject index making it easy to locate target information.
"From about 1877 to 1913 immigration was responsible for half of all urbanization. The era was big enough to contain Booker T. Washington, Emma Goldman, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edision, and Mark Twain. It also served as the stage for anti-Semitism, segregation, involuntary sterilzation and the continued efforts to decimate Native American culture. This three-volume set with cumulative index includes an 11-chapter almanac describing the labor movement, industrialization, immigration, Western expansion, populism, and the varying results of progressivism, volume of biographies including those of Jane Addams, Lewis Hine, Scott Joplin, Sitting Bull and Hannah Solomon, and a collection of primary sources, including excerpts from the Chinese Exclusion Act and Riis's How the Other Half Lives and other signifcant works, interviews and newspaper accounts. Aimed at young adults, this expresses clear points of view about such social issues as birth control and women's rights."
--Booknews.com, May 2007
Price: US $236.00