American Colossus

American Colossus

[the Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900]

Audiobook CD - 2010
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The years between the Civil War and the end of the nineteenth century saw the wholesale transformation of America from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an industrial giant. Driven by unfathomably wealthy and powerful businessmen, armies of workers were harnessed to a new vision of massive industry. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities, and legions of immigrants were drawn to the American shores. What's more, in accomplishing its revolution, capitalism threatened to eclipse American democracy. The capitalist revolution swamped the politics of an earlier era, capturing one major party and half of the other, inspiring the creation of a third party, and determining the issues over which all three waged some of the bitterest battles in American history. H.W. Brands's spellbinding narrative beautifully depicts the oil gushers of western Pennsylvania, the rise, in Chicago, of the first skyscraper, the cattle drives of the West, and the early passionate sparks of union life. By 1900 the America he portrays is wealthier than ever, yet prosperity is precarious, inequality rampant, and democracy stretched thin. American Colossus is an unforgettable portrait of the years when the contest between capitalism and democracy was at its sharpest, and capitalism triumphed.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio ; Holland, Ohio : Repackaged by Midwest Tape, p2010.
ISBN: 9780307737465
0307737462
Branch Call Number: 330.97308 BRAND
Characteristics: 19 sound discs (23 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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