TTC Video - America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
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America stands at a dramatic crossroads:
Massive banks and corporations wield disturbing power.
The huge income gap between the 1% and the other 99% grows visibly wider.
Astounding new technologies are changing American lives.
Conflicts over U.S. military interventionism, the environment, and immigration dominate public debate.
Sound familiar? You might be surprised to know that these headlines were ripped, not from today's newspaper, but from newspapers over 100 years ago. These and other issues that characterize the early 21st century were also the hallmarks of the transformative periods known as the Gilded Age (1865-1900) and the Progressive Era (1900-1920).
Lecturer: Professor Edward T. O'Donnell Ph.D.
Welcome to one of the most colorful, tumultuous, raucous, and profoundly pivotal epochs in American history. Stretching from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to roughly 1920, this extraordinary time was not only an era of vast and sweeping change-it saw the birth of the United States as we and the world at large now know it.
Before the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, America was a developing nation, with a largely agrarian economy; sharp divisions between North, South, and West; and virtually no role in global affairs. Yet by 1900, within an astonishing 35 years, the U.S. had emerged as the world's greatest industrial power.
During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the U.S. went from "leading by example" and maintaining an isolationist foreign policy to become a major participant in international events, showing itself as a nascent superpower in the Spanish-American War and World War I.
Numerous other events came together during these same periods to create the U.S. that we know now. In a time rife with staggering excess, social unrest, and strident calls for reform, these remarkable events characterized the Gilded Age and Progressive Era:
Industrialization directly gave rise to a huge American middle class.
New and voluminous waves of immigration added new material to the "melting pot" of U.S. society.
A mainly agrarian population became an urban one, witnessing the rise of huge cities.
The phenomenon of big business led to the formation of labor unions and the adoption of consumer protections.
Electricity, cars, and other technologies forever changed the landscape of American life.
To delve into the catalytic events of these times is to see, with crystal clarity, how the U.S. went from what we now might consider Third World status in the mid-19th century to become the major power it is today. Knowledge of these pivotal eras also provides insightful perspectives on conflicts that dominate our contemporary headlines-from fears surrounding immigration and income inequality to concern for the fate of the environment-and how they were meaningfully addressed in past times.
Now, in the 24 lectures of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Professor Edward T. O'Donnell of the College of the Holy Cross leads you in a sprawling, multifaceted journey through this uproarious epoch. In taking the measure of six dramatically innovative decades, you'll investigate the economic, political, and social upheavals that marked these years, as well as the details of daily life and the critical cultural thinking of the times. In the process, you'll meet robber barons, industrialists, socialites, crusading reformers, inventors, conservationists, women's suffragists, civil rights activists, and passionate progressives, who together forged a new United States. These engrossing lectures provide a stunning and illuminating portrait of a nation-changing era.
A Republic Transforms
In Professor O'Donnell's description, "The Gilded Age's amazing innovation and wealth created the conditions-and mobilized the masses-for the Progressive Era's social reforms." Across the span of the lectures, you'll witness this historical progression through subject matter such as:
The Industrial Age and the Rise of Big Business: Follow America's epic industrial ascent in the 19th century, the emergence of vast corporations and trusts, the making of industrial magnates such as John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, and the transformation of the nation into a consumer society.
Revolutionary Technologies and Social Culture: Grasp how steel, electrical power, mass transportation, and recorded sound radically changed American life. Learn about the conspicuous excesses of the new super rich, the lifestyles of the exploding middle class, and the phenomena of American music, spectator sports, and stage entertainment.
The Dark Side of Progress: Take account of the devastating social problems that followed advances in industry and technology: extreme income inequality and poverty, graft and political corruption, severe exploitation of industrial workers, rampant labor violence, and the ills of urban crime, squalor, and disease.
The Crusade for Rights: Observe how the clash of progress and poverty spurred far-reaching efforts to secure legal rights for the disenfranchised. Study historic activism for workers' rights, women's rights, children's rights, and the rights of consumers, and uncover the early and often overlooked struggle for African-Americans' civil rights.
The New American Woman: Track significant changes in the lives of American women, such as major increases in women in the workforce, new public roles for women, the dynamic presence of women in reform initiatives, and the remarkable story of the women's suffrage movement.
The Many Faces of Reform: Study the astonishing spectrum of reform movements that defined the Progressive Era, encompassing:
the dramatic unfolding of labor organizing, labor/capital conflict, and reform;
urban reforms, from regulation of deplorable tenements to sanitation and social work;
historic political reforms, from the ballot initiative to the civil service system;
the "busting" of powerful trusts and banking conglomerates; and
the conservation of wilderness and the world's first national parks.
A Fascinating Window on Momentous Times
In his teaching, Professor O'Donnell demonstrates an extraordinarily comprehensive and penetrating knowledge of the eras in question, together with a flair for bringing the human realities of the times alive through powerful storytelling. Among numerous impactful episodes, you'll witness the monumental moment in 1880 when electric arc lighting first lit American streets, causing men to fall on their knees before what seemed to be "lightning brought down from the heavens." You'll relive the events of the heartrending Bread and Roses strike of 1912, the wealth-flaunting gaudiness of Mrs. Vanderbilt's ball of 1883 (which cost six million dollars in today's currency), and the storm of suffragist picketers who besieged the White House in 1917.
And you'll encounter great personalities, whose vision and dynamism syMbolized and transformed the temper of their times. In addition to luminaries such as Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, you'll meet the likes of saloon-busting reformer Carrie Nation, African-American rights activist Ida B. Wells, muckraking journalist Lincoln Steffens, suffragist leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, environmentalist John Muir, and Theodore Roosevelt, whose accomplishments in conservation and economic regulation made him one of the greatest reformers of the times.
In America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, you'll contemplate profound shifts in American society that marked what is arguably the most significant period of change in our history. These compelling lectures vividly reveal the thinking, the struggles, the conquests, and the triumphs that made the United States the global force it is today.
Course Contents :::
01. 1865: "Bind Up the Nation's Wounds"
02. The Reconstruction Revolution
03. Buffalo Bill Cody and the Myth of the West
04. Smokestack Nation: The Industrial Titans
05. Andrew Carnegie: The Self-Made Ideal
06. Big Business: Democracy for Sale?
07. The New Immigrants: A New America
08. Big Cities: The Underbelly Revealed
09. Popular Culture: Jazz, Modern Art, Movies
10. New Technology: Cars, Electricity, Records
11. The 1892 Homestead Strike
12. Morals and Manners: Middle-Class Society
13. Mrs. Vanderbilt's Gala Ball
14. Populist Revolt: The Grangers and Coxey
15. Rough Riders and the Imperial Dream
16. No More Corsets: The New Woman
17. Trust-Busting in the Progressive Era
18. The 1911 Triangle Fire and Reform
19. Theodore Roosevelt, Conservationist
20. Urban Reform: How the Other Half Lives
21. The 17th Amendment: Democracy Restored
22. Early Civil Rights: Washington or Du Bois?
23. Over There: A World Safe for Democracy
24. Upheaval and the End of an EraDOWNLOAD
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