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The Response to Industrialism, 1885-1914. (History of American Civilization)


Publisher:Univ of Chicago Pr (Tx)



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BOOK NUMBER: CHAC 9. CONTENTS: The Old and the New; I. Industrialism under Way; II. The Shock of Change; III. Organize or Perish; IV. The Individual in an Impersonal Society; V. The Impact of Urban Life; VI. Protest from the South and West; VII. The Politics of Adjustment; VIII. The Rise to World Power; IX. The Response to Industrialism; Important Dates; Suggested Reading; Index. SYNOPSIS: The years between 1885 and 1914 were the age of the first impact of industrialism on American society. The people of that day first began to realize the profound implications of an industrial era. Out of this nation-wide upheaval rose the institutions of our modern life. Samuel P. Hays vividly presents these changes and the ways in which various segments of American society interpreted them, adjusted to them, and created new ways of living out of them. The author sees the farmer, the businessman, and the worker caught in a visť of impersonal market forces. Rural society was disintegrating with the loss of millions of workers to the cities, leading to the development of a vast urban middle class. As industries grew, trade unions grew. The spoils system, the monopolies and cartels, the excesses of free enterprise, the social, political, and intellectual turbulence of the times - all these brought about the formation of the Populist party, the Progressive party, and the Socialist party. Dealing with a complex period of American history, a time of great paradoxes, Mr. Hays sees an interaction of powerful, complex forces at work - forces created by human beings compelled to modify their entire lives. Samuel P. Hays is Professor and Chairman of the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh.

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