Skip to main content

The Shaping of Modern America: 1877 - 1920, 3rd Edition

The Shaping of Modern America: 1877 - 1920, 3rd Edition

Vincent P. De Santis

ISBN: 978-0-882-95953-5 January 2000 Wiley-Blackwell 332 Pages


In Stock



In the years between the Civil War and the First World War, Americans lived in a nation quite different from that of their parents, the values of a burgeoning industrial and urban society transforming traditional notions of democracy. At the same time, other far-reaching developments--the eclipsing of countryside and farm by city and factory, substantial changes in communications and transportation, revolutionary innovations in agriculture, a large wave of immigration, the rise of labour unions, and the emergence of the United States as a world power--gave these years a distinctive character and established the foundations of modern America. Revised to reflect the latest scholarship on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, this classic text remains a great choice as a core text for courses in the Gilded Age or as a highly useful supplement for the US history survey.

Preface to the Third Edition ix

1 The Rise of Industrial America 1

2 The Last West and the New South 19

3 The Politics of Dead Center 39

4 The Agrarian Revolt 60

5 American Culture in the Gilded Age 80

6 American Society in the Industrial Age 96

7 America’s New Manifest Destiny 121

8 The Great Reform Era 148

9 Theodore Roosevelt and Progressivism 173

10 Taft and Progressive Insurgency 190

11 Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom 209

12 The United States as a World Power, 1899-1916 228

13 America’s road to War: 1914-1917 252

14 America in World War I 273

15 Wilson and the Versailles Treaty 292

Index 315

Photographs follow page 172