The Gilded Age in America: 1870-1900

ALL1330-C       12 Weeks    Thursdays 12:00-1:20     Start Date 14-Sept
Grossman 106     Limit 25

This course will examine the dynamic period of America’s Gilded Age, which runs roughly from 1870 to 1900. Topics to be included are: “Big Business, Industry, and the American Dream,” mass immigration and the rise of industrial cities, the World of the Worker, the New South and its Jim Crow laws, the New West, the demise of the Plains Indian peoples, The Populist Revolt, “New Women, Strenuous Men, and Leisure,” and—the U.S. acquisition of an overseas colonial empire. Rather than a narrative history, the text is a series of documents on these topics, that illustrate different elements or viewpoints of them. The class format will start with an introductory lecture of about 20 minutes followed by a discussion of the topic based on the assigned documents. The course text is The Gilded Age: A History in Documents, edited by Jeanette T. Greenwood, Oxford Press, 2000.

Text: The course text is “The Gilded Age: A History in Documents,” edited by Jeanette T. Greenwood, Oxford Press, 2000, available on

Coordinator: Richard Stewart

Dick taught history for 43 years at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT and eight years in the Academy for Lifelong Learning. His degrees are BA in History from Allegheny College and MA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.