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A good book, providing a history of America from the end of the Civil War to McKinleys Presidency. “A European visitor in the 1880s remarked that the only sense not offended by American cooking was hearing.”, “South Carolina, the Tweed Ring, the New York City riots, and Santo Domingo fanned the fire of liberal rebellion; the only source of liberal outrage not yet prominent in the newspapers was the ubiquitous corruption of the Grant administration itself, which was as yet largely known only to insiders.”, “When whiskey was supposed to be taxed at $2 a gallon and sold for $1.25 a gallon, it did not take advanced math to guess something was amiss.”, “The great ironist quite unironically boiled “American” down to liberal and reduced the Republicans to a lazy betrayal and a policy of drift that allowed too many of the policies put in place during the war to endure and the problems that arose in the wake of war to fester.”, “Howells’s account of the necessary reforms amounted to a manifesto for Gilded Age liberalism: abolition of the tariff, civil service reform, return to the gold standard, curbing of democracy through limitations on suffrage, replacement of elected officials with appointed officials, and prevention of any extension of suffrage to women.95”, “Liberal” in the nineteenth-century United States and Europe designated people who in many, but not all, respects would be called conservatives in the twenty-first century. He thought the book good, but nowhere near James M. McPhersonâs âBattle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era,â the volume immediately preceding this one in the Oxford History of the United States, but one that was written many years ago. In December 1867 the figure rose to 80.5 percent, with the entire increase coming in the old Confederacy.”, “In the Northeast there was $77 in circulation per inhabitant. The text and prose is often tedious making somewhat vacuous points. It is poorly written, terribly organized, and pedantic. Another great addition to the Oxford History of the United States! The Republic literature essays are academic essays for citation. The inspiring life and uncensored views of a veteran, patriot, former Congressman, conservative icon, and warrior for personal libertyâ¦ Over the course of the past few decades, Allen West has had many titles bestowed on him, among them Lt. He sees Reconstruction and the Gilded Age as results of Abe Lincolnâs ideology of a republican government of, by, and for the people. Refresh and try again. Length: 34 hrs and 41 mins. In 2017 (now 2018) we seem to be living in a world vastly similar to the Gilded Age. This is a time period that is often neglected in history courses due to the lack of major national conflicts such as war arising. This book is a recent addition to the Oxford History of the United States. (for instance if you read his RAILROADED you are not going to learn all that much from the parts of this book about RAILROADs). Though the dialogue is retold by the narrator, Socrates, one day after it has occurred, the actual events unfold in house of Cephalus at the Piraeus on the festival day of the goddess Bendis (Artemis). THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS THE UNITED STATES DURING RECONSTRUCTION AND THE GILDED AGE, 1865-1896 by Richard White â§ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 1, 2017 A massive history of the striving, riven new nation that emerged from the Civil War, extending to the turn of the century. I also thought the author did an excellent job of explaining US policy in the West regarding Native Americans, as well as the violence and repression of Black Americans in the south. To quote White, âChanging the national story from the Civil War to the West amounted to an effort to escape the shadow of the Gilded Ageâs banished twin and evade the failure of Reconstruction.â Reconstruction failed because it was undermined by racial prejudices and overwhelmed by terror and violence. Not one that I have ever known would I care to meet again, either in this world or the next; nor is one of them associated in my mind with the idea of humor, thought or refinement. The final book of The Republic begins with Socrates return to an earlier theme, that of imitative poetry. Instead of cracking down, the US army abandoned Black Americans to be systematically oppressed through terror rides, lynchings, and institutional segregation and discrimination. By 1900 it had declined to 40 percent, from a majority in 1860. It was very interesting, and I kept coming back willingly. The text and prose is often tedious making somewhat vacuous points. White is very fond of certain intellectuals of the era, and if you aren't familiar with Jane Addams or William Dean Howells, you might find yourself lost at times. (Really, an obsession with homes was a defining characteristic of the Gilded age? A good book, providing a history of America from the end of the Civil War to McKinleyâs Presidency. Perhaps it would be a stretch to say that Richard White's The Republic For Which It Stands is an exhaustive account of the Reconstruction and Gilded Age era. I have read several of the others and found this one a bit dry, but it was worthwhile. The Republican Party is the present-day rival political party to the Democratic Party in the United States. Richard White holds the Margaret Byrne Professorship in American History at Stanford University, California and is widely regarded as one of the nation's leading scholars in three related fields: the American West, Native American history and environmental history. No longer was America represented by Lincolnâs iconic log cabin, but rather Carnegieâs steel mills. I believe this is the author's specialty and I am interested in reading more about it in the future. If you want to read a book about the Gilded Age, this is not a good choice. There is no trajectory to show where this came from or how it was different than other periods. In the newest volume in the series, The Republic for Which It Stands , acclaimed historian Richard White offers a fresh and integrated interpretation of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age as the seedbed of modern America. Forced off the land, many of them immigrated to the United States. I have read several of the others and found this one a bit dry, but it was worthwhile. Â The book will mostly likely attract the serious student of history, in particular college students looking for a pithy quote or bibliographic references to individuals and events of the era. This is a very long book. Weâd love your help. The topics of interest to this book are numerous from the immediate end of the Civil War and the subsequent politics up through the crisis/compromise of 1876 (perhaps an even more contentious election than 2016), and through the great recessions/depressions of 1873 and again in 1893. I thought the writing was great and brought to life a lot of the events and people of this period of American history. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. My notes follow. Speeches decrying that 99% are toiling away while 1% reap the rewards. It encompasses the attempts at reconstruction, the development of big industry, and the rise of the populist movement. Too many examples abound. I'm a quick reader, and my Kindle said it took about 40 hours, give or take. There is no trajectory to show where this came from or how it was different than other periods. Sadly, some people will abuse this right, but it is fundamental to our freedom. Finally, White uses the home as a theme and symbol of what was both great in American History and a goal for all peoples. 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