Select Bibliography on the Gilded Age

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General Histories
  • Cashman, Sean Dennis. America in the Gilded Age: From the Death of Lincoln to the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. New York: NYU Press, 1984.
  • ___. America in the Age of Titans: The Progressive Era and World War I. New York: NYU, 1988.
  • Cooper, John Morton. Pivotal Decades: The United States, 1900-1920. New York: W. W. Norton, 1990.
  • Garraty, John A. The New Commonwealth 1877-1890. New York: Harper and Row, 1968.
  • Chambers, John Whiteclay. The Tyranny of Change: America in the Progressive Era 1890-1920. New York: St. Martin's, 1992.
  • Ginger, Ray. Age of Excess: The United States form 1877-1914. New York: Macmillan, 1965.
  • Morgan, H. Wayne, ed. The Gilded Age. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1963.
  • Nevins, Allan. The Emergence of Modern America, 1865-1878. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1955. First published in 1927.
  • Painter, Nell Irvin. Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919. New York: W. W. Norton, 1987.
  • Smith, Page. A People's History of the United States: Vol. Six: The Rise of Industrial America. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984.
  • ___. A People's History of the United States: Vol. Seven: America Enters the World. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1985.
  • Ward, Geoffrey C. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. New York: Random House, 2004.
African Americans in the Gilded Age and Beyond
  • Ball, Edward. The Sweet Hell: The Rise of an Elite Black Family in the Segregated South. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.
  • Goldman, Robert. Reconstruction and Black Suffrage: Losing the Vote in Reese and Cruikshank. Lawrence: Kansas, 2001.
  • Hair, William Ivy. Carnival of Fury: Robert Charles and the New Orleans Race Riot of 1900. Baton Rouge: LSU, 1976.
  • Haynes, Robert V. A Night of Violence: The Houston Race Riot of 1917. Baton Rouge: LSU, 1976.
  • Painter, Nell Irvin. Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction. Lawrence: Kansas, 1976.
  • Patler, Nicholas. Jim Crow and the Wilson Administration: Protesting Federal Segregation in the Early Twentieth Century. Boulder; Colorado, 2004.
  • Senechal, Roberta. The Sociogenesis of a Race Riot: Springfield, Illinois, in 1908. Champagne: Illinois, 1990.
  • Tolnay, Stewart E and E. M. Beck. A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930. Champagne: Illinois, 1992.
  • Tuttle, William M. Jr. Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919. New York: Atheneum, 1970
  • Weaver, John D. The Brownsville Raid. New York: W. W. Norton, 1970.
Agrarian Reform and Protest
  • Argersinger, Peter H. The Limits of Agrarian Radicalism. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1995.
  • Goodwyn, Lawrence. The Populist Movement: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America. New York: Oxford, 1978.
  • Hicks, John D. The Populist Revolt: A History of the Farmers' Alliance and the People's Party. Lincoln: Nebraska, 1931.
  • Hoffstadter, Richard. The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1966.
  • Morgan, Dan. Merchants of Grain. New York: Penguin, 1979.
  • Ostler, Jeffrey. Prairie Populism: The Fate of Agrarian Radicalism in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa, 1880-1892. Lawrence: Kansas, 1993.
  • Peffer, William A. Populism: Its Rise and Fall. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1992.
  • Saloutos, Theodore. Populism: Reaction or Reform? New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1968.
  • Woodward, C. Vann. Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel. New York: Oxford, 1938, 1963.
  • Wrobel, David M. The End of American Exceptionalism: Frontier Anxiety form the Old West to the New Deal. Lawrence: Kansas, 1993.
Biographies, Autobiographies
  • Baldwin, Neil. Edison: Inventing the Century. New York: Hyperion, 1995.
  • Brady, Kathleen. Ida Tarbell: Portrait of a Muckraker. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh, 1989.
  • Brands, H. W. T R: The Last Romantic. New York: Basic Books, 1997.
  • Chessman, G. Wallace. Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of Power. Boston: Little, Brown, 1969.
  • Conot, Robert. A Steak of Luck: The Life and Legend of Thomas Alva Edison. New York: Seaview Books, 1979.
  • Cooper, John Milton, Jr. The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt. Cambridge: Harvard, 1983.
  • Hawke, David Freeman. John D: The Founding Father of the Rockefellers. New York: Harper and Row, 1980.
  • Hoover, Herbert. The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover: Years of Adventure, 1874-1920. New York: Macmillan, 1951.
  • Howe, Frederic C. The Confessions of a Reformer. New York: New York Times Books, 1967.
  • Josephson, Matthew. Edison: A Biography. New York: History Book Club/Francis Parkman Edition, 1959.
  • Koenig, Louis W. Bryan: A Political Biography of William Jennings Bryan. New York: Putnam, 1971
  • McCullough, David. Morning on Horseback. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.
  • Merrill, Horace Samuel. Bourbon Leader: Grover Cleveland and the Democratic Party. 1957.
  • Morgan, H. Wayne. William McKinley and His America. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1963.
  • Morris, Edmund. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. New York: Coward, McCann, Geohagan, 1979.
  • ___. Theodore Rex. New York: Random House, 2001.
  • Allan Nevins. Grover Cleveland: A Study in Courage. New York: Dodd, Meade, and Co., 1932
  • ___. John D. Rockefeller: The Heroic Age of American Enterprise. 2 Vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1940.
  • Perry, Mark. Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship. New York: Random House, 2004.
  • Philips, Kevin. William McKinley. New York: Times Books, 2003.
  • Pringle, Henry F. Theodore Roosevelt. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1931.
  • Samuels, Ernest. Henry Adams: The Middle Years. New York: History Book Club, 1958.
  • Swanberg, W. A. Jim Fisk: The Career of an Improbable Rascal. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1959.
  • Wall, Joseph Frasier. Andrew Carnegie. New York: Oxford, 1970.
  • ___. Alfred I. du Pont: The Man and The Family. New York: Oxford, 1990.
  • White, William Allen. The Autobiography of William Allen White. Second Edition, Abridged. Edited by Sally Foreman Griffith. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1990
  • Wilson, Derek. The Astors, 1763-1992. New York: St. Martins, 1993.
Chronological Studies
  • May, Henry F. The End of American Innocence: A Study of the first years of our own time, 1912-1917. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1959.
  • Brands, H. W. The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.
Cities and City Politics
  • Ackerman, Kenneth D. Boss Tweed: The Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived of Modern New York. New York: Carrol and Graf, 2005.
  • Burrows, Edward G. and Mike Walace. Gotham: A History of New York City to 1890s. New York: Oxford, 1999.
  • Callow, Alexander B. Jr. The Tweed Ring. New York: Oxford, 1964.
  • McCullough, David. The Great Bridge. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972.
  • Riordon, William L. Plunkitt of Tammy Hall. New York: Meridan Books, 1991.
  • Simon, Kate. Fifth Avenue: A Very Social History. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978.
Constitutional Issues and the Supreme Court
  • Beth, Loren P. The Development of the American Constitution, 1877-1917. New York: Harper and Row, 1971.
  • Fireside, Henry. Separate But Equal: Homer Plessy and the Supreme Court Decision that Legalized Racism. New York: Carroll and Graf, 2004.
  • Lofgren, Charles A. The Plessy Case: A Legal-Historical Interpretation. New York: Oxford, 1987.
Crimes and Punishments
  • Barnett, Louise. Ungentlemanly Acts: The Army's Notorious Incest Trial. New York: Hill and Wang, 2000.
  • Beavan, Colin. Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science. New York: Hyperion, 2001.
  • Bryan, Patricia L and Thomas Wolfe. Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America's Heartland. Chapel Hill: Algonquin, 2005.
  • Essig, Mark. Edison and the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and Death. New York: Walker and Company, 2003.
  • Friedman, Lawrence M. Crime and Punishment in American History. New York: BasicBooks, 1993.
  • Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. New York: Random House, 2003.
  • Moran, Richard. Executioner's Current: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair. New York: Knopf, 2002.
  • Oney, Steve. And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank. New York: Pantheon, 2003.
  • Reynolds, John N. The Twin Hells. Chicago: Donohue and Henneberry and Co., 1890.
Cultural and Social History
  • Biel, Steven. Down with the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster. New York: W. W. Norton, 1996.
  • Brown, Dee. The Year of the Century: 1876. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1966.
  • Wecter, Dixon. The Saga of American Society. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1937.
  • ___. The Hero in America. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1941, 1963. (See Chapter 12 onwards)
Economic History
  • Ackerman, Kenneth D. The Gold Ring: Jim Fisk, Jay Gould, and Black Friday, 1869. New York: Dodd and Mead, 1988.
  • Allen, Frederick Lewis. The Lords of Creation. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1935.
  • Brady, Cyrus Townsend. Indian Fights and Fighters. Lincoln: Bison Books, 1971.
  • Bridge, James Howard. The Inside History of the Carnegie Steel Company: A Romance of Millions. Pittsburgh: Pitt, 1991
  • Carnegie, Andrew. The Gospel of Wealth. Cambridge: Harvard, 1962.
  • Chandler, Alfred D. The Invisible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business. Cambridge: Harvard/Belknap, 1977.
  • Chernow, Ron. The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance. New York: Atlantic, 1990.
  • Cochran, Thomas C. and William Miller. The Age of Enterprise: A Social History of Industrial America. New York: Harpers, 1942.
  • Frasier, Steve. Every Man a Speculator: A History of Wall Street in American Life. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
  • Geisst, Charles R. Monopolies in America: Empire Builders and their Enemies from Jay Gould to Bill Gates. New York: Oxford, 2000.
  • George, Henry. Progress and Poverty. New York: Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 1925, 1961.
  • Gordon, John Steele. The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street: Jay Gould, Jim Fisk, Cornelius Vanderbilt, the Erie Railway Wars and the Birth of Wall Street. New York: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988.
  • ___. An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.
  • Hays, Samuel P. The Response to Industrialism, 1885-1914. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1957.
  • Renehan, Edward J. Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of Wall Street. New York: BasicBooks, 2005.
  • Rottenberg, Dan. In the Kingdom of Coal: An American Family and the Rock that Changed America. New York: Routledge, 2003.
  • Standiford, Les. Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership that Transformed America. New York: Crown, 2005.
  • Tarbell, Ida B. The Nationalizing of Business, 1878-1898. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1936.
  • Veblen, Thorstein. The Theory of the Leisure Class. New York: Dover, 1994.
Everyday Life
  • Schlereth, Thomas J. Victorian America: Transformation of Everyday Life, 1876-1915. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.
  • Sutherland, Daniel E. The Expansion of Everyday Life, 1860-1876. New York: Harper and Row, 1989.
Immigration
  • Daniels, Roger. Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.
  • Higham, John. Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism 1860-1925. New York: Atheneum, 1963.
  • Howe, Irving. World of our Fathers: The Journey of the East European Jews to America and the Life they Found and Made. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976.
  • Kennedy, J. F. K. A Nation of Immigrants. New York: Harper and Row, 1964.
  • Roediger, David R. Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White. New York: BasicBooks, 2005.
Indian Wars
  • Ambrose, Stephen E. Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors. Garden City: Doubleday, 1975.
  • Brininstool, E. A. Troopers with Custer: Historic Incidents of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Lincoln: Bison Books, 1925/1952.
  • Brown, Dee. The Fetterman Massacre. Lincoln: Nebraska, 1962.
  • ___. The Galvanized Yankees. Champagne: Illinois, 1963.
  • ___. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An History of the American West. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1970.
  • ___. Showdown at the Little Big Horn. Lincoln: Nebraska/Bison Books, 1963.
  • Connell, Evan S. Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Big Horn. New York: History Book Club, 1984.
  • Custer, George Armstrong. My Life on the Plains or Personal Experiences with Indians. Norman: Oklahoma, 1962.
  • Frost, Lawrence A. The Court-Martial of General George Armstrong Custer. Norman: Oklahoma, 1968.
  • Goodrich, Thomas. Scalp Dance: Indian Warfare on the High Plains, 1865-1879. Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Books, 1997.
  • Greene, Jerome A. Yellowstone Command: Colonel Nelson A. Miles and the Great Sioux War, 1876-1877. Lincoln: Nebraska, 1991.
  • Haley, James L. The Buffalo War: The History of the Red River Indian Uprising of 1874. Garden City: Doubleday, 1976.
  • Hardorff, Charles, ed. Cheyenne Memories of the Custer Fight. Lincoln: Bison Books, 1995.
  • Hofling, Charles K. Custer and the Little Big Horn: A Psychological Inquiry. Detroit: Wayne State, 1971.
  • Hoig, Stan. The Sand Creek Massacre. Norman Oklahoma University Press, 1961.
  • ___. The Battle of the Washita. Lincoln: Nebraska/Bison Books, 1976. Norman: Oklahoma University Press, 1971
  • Hooker, Forrestine C. Child of the Fighting Tenth: On the Frontier with the Buffalo Soldiers. New York: Oxford, 2003.
  • Marshall, S. L. A. Crimson Prairie: The Indian Wars. New York: Da Capo, 1972.
  • Miller, David Humphrey. Custer's Fall: The Indian Side of the Story. New York: Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, 1957.
  • Monaghan, Jay. Custer: The Life of General George Armstrong Custer. Lincoln: Nebraska, 1959.
  • Nichols, Roy. In the Shadow of Custer: Major Marcus Reno. Norman: Oklahoma, 2000.
  • Oliva, Leo E. Fort Dodge: Sentry of the Western Plains. Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1993.
  • ___. Fort Harker: Defending the Journey West. Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 2000.
  • ___. Fort Wallace: Sentinel on the Smoky Hill Trail. Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1998.
  • Rickey, Don Jr. Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay. Norman: Oklahoma, 1963.
  • Sandoz, Mari. Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas. Lincoln: Bison Books, 1942.
  • ___. Cheyenne Spring. Lincoln: Bison Books, 1953.
  • ___. The Battle of the Little Big Horn. New York: Lippincott, 1966.
  • Sklenar, Larry. To Hell With Custer: Custer and the Little Big Horn. Norman: University of Oklahoma, 2000.
  • Scott, Douglas D., P. Wiley, and Melissa A Connor. They Died with Custer. Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1998.
  • Utley, Robert M. Custer and the Great Controversy: The Origin and Development of a Legend. Los Angeles: Westernlore, 1962.
  • ___. Frontier Regulars: United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1890. New York: Macmillan, 1975.
  • ___. Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier. Norman: Oklahoma, 1988.
  • ___. The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull. New York: Henry Holt, 1993.
  • ___. Custer and Me. Norman: Oklahoma, 2004.
  • Vestal, Stanley. Sitting Bull: Champion of the Sioux. Norman: Oklahoma University Press, 1932.
  • Welch, James. Killing Custer: The Battle of the Little Big Horn and the Fate of the Plains Indians. New York: Penguin, 1994.
  • Wert, Jeffrey D. Custer: The Controversial Life of George Armstrong Custer. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996.
  • Windolph, Charles. I fought with Custer: The Story of Sergeant Windolph, Last Survivor of the Little Big Horn. Lincoln: Bison, 1987.
  • Wooster, Robert. Nelson A. Miles and the Twilight of the Frontier Army. Lincoln: Nebraska, 1995.
  • Zesch, Scott. The Captured: The True Story of Abduction by the Indians on the Texas Frontier. New York: St. Martin's, 2004.
Journalism and Muckrakers
  • Brady, Kathleen. Ida Tarbell: Portrait of a Muckraker. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh, 1989.
  • Brandeis, Louis B. Other People's Money and How the Bankers Use It. New York: Harper Torch, 1967.
  • Griffith, Sally Foreman. Hometown News: William Allen White and the Emporia Gazette. New York: Oxford, 1989.
  • Jackson, Helen Hunt. A Century of Dishonor: The Early Crusade for Indian Reform. New York: Harper and Row, 1965.
  • Johnson, Walter. William Allen White's America. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1947.
  • Louis Filler. The Muckrakers: Crusaders for American Liberalism. Chicago: Regnery, 1950.
  • Lubow, Arthur. The Reporter Who Would Be King: A Biography of Richard Harding Davis. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1992.
  • Milton, Joyce. The Yellow Kids: Foreign Correspondents in the Heyday of Yellow Journalism. New York: Harper and Row, 1989.
  • Norris, Frank. The Octopus. New York: Penguin, 1986.
  • Phillips, David Graham. Treason of the Senate. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1964.
  • Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. Atlanta: St. Luke's Press, 1988.
  • Steffens, Lincoln. The Shame of the Cities. New York: Hill and Wang, 1957.
  • Swanberg, W. A. Citizen Hearst. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1961.
  • ___. Pulitzer. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1967.
  • Tarbell, Ida B. The History of the Standard Oil Company. New York: W. W. Norton, 1966.
  • Weinberg, Arthur and Lila Weinburg, eds. The Muckrakers. New York: Capricorn Books, 1964.
  • White, William Allen. The Autobiography of William Allen White. Second Edition, Abridged. Edited by Sally Foreman Griffith. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1990.
Medicine
  • Barry, John M. The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History. New York: Viking, 2004.
  • Rutkow, Ira W. Bleeding Blue and Gray: Civil War Surgery and the Evolution of American Medicine. New York: Random House, 2005.
Military Affairs
  • Coffman, Edward M. The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898. New York: Oxford, 1986.
Natural Disasters
  • Greene, Casey Edward and Shelly Henley Kelly, eds. Through a Night of Horrors: Voices from the 1900 Galveston Storm. College Station: Texas A&M, 2000.
  • Larson, Erik. Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. New York: Random House, 1999.
  • McCullough, David. The Johnstown Flood. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968.
  • Standiford, Les. Last Train from Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean. New York: Crown, 2002.
Novels
  • Alger, Horatio Jr. Ragged Dick and Struggling Upward. New York: Penguin, 1985.
  • Carr, Caleb. The Alienist. New York: Random House, 1994. An similarities between the main villain and H. H. Holmes, the first certifiable American serial murderer is purely coincidental. This novel is for adults and provides an interesting look at New York before the turn of the century.
  • Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime. New York: Random House, 1974.
  • ___. The Waterworks. New York: Random House, 1994.
  • Duberman, Martin. Haymarket: A Novel. New York: Seven Stories, 2003.
  • Jones, Douglas C. The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer. New York: Scribner's, 1976. This is a novel that Custer survived the Little Big Horn and was now being court-martialed for his folly.
  • Leonard, Elmore. Cuba Libre. New York: Delacorte Press, 1998.
  • London, Jack. Sea. New York: Bantam Classics, 1984.
  • ___. The Iron Heel. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 1907.
  • ___. People of the Abyss. New York: New American Library, 1982. (Non-Fiction)
  • Twain, Mark. The Gilded Age.  New York: Penguin, 2001.
Politics, Political Issues, and Foreign Affairs
  • Ackerman, Kenneth. Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of James A. Garfield. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2003.
  • Bonadio, Felice A. Political Parties in American History, 1828-1890. New York: Capricorn, 1974.
  • Brown, Dee. The Year of the Century: 1876. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1966.
  • Bunting, Josiah III. Ulysses S. Grant. New York: Times Books, 2004.
  • Chace, James. 1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs -- The Election that Changed the Country. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2004.
  • Chessman, G. Wallace. Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of Power. Boston: Little, Brown, 1969.
  • Dulles, Foster Rhea. America's Rise to World Power. New York: Harper and Row, 1954.
  • Glad, Paul W. McKinley, Bryan, and the People. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1964.
  • Gould, Lewis L. Reform and Regulation: American Politics from Roosevelt to Wilson. Prospect Heights: Waveland Press, 1996.
  • ___. The Grand Old Party: A History of the Republicans. New York: Random House, 2003.
  • Graff, Henry F. Grover Cleveland. New York: Henry Holt, 2002.
  • Hirshon, Stanley P. Farewell to the Bloody Shirt: Northern Republicans and the Southern Negro, 1877-1893. Bloomington: Indiana, 1962.
  • Hoover, Herbert. The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958.
  • Jeffers, H. Paul. An Honest President: The Life and Presidency of Grover Cleveland. New York: HarperCollins, 2000.
  • Josephson, Matthew. The Politicos, 1865-1896. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1938.
  • Kolko, Gabriel. The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History, 1900-1916. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1963.
  • Karabell, Zachary. Chester A. Arthur. New York: Henry Holt, 2004.
  • Link, Arthur S. Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive Era 1910-1917. New York: Harper and Row, 1954.
  • McFeely, William S. Grant: A Biography. New York: W. W. Norton, 1982.Chapter XVI onward for the Gilded Age.
  • Merrill, Horace Samuel and Marion Galbraith Merrill. The Republican High Command. Lexington: Kentucky, 1971.
  • Morris, Roy. Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes , Samuel Tilden, and Stolen Election of 1876. New York: Simon Schuster, 2003.
  • Mowry, George E. The Era of Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of Modern America 1900-1912. New York: Harper and Row, 1958.
  • Philips, Kevin. William McKinley. New York: Henry Holt, 2003.
  • Rehnquist, William H. Centennial Crisis: The Disputed Election of 1876. New York: Random House, 2004.
  • Rosenberg, Charles E. The Trial of the Assassin Guiteau. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1968.
  • Simpson, Brooks D. The Reconstruction Presidents. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998.
  • Weisman Steven R. The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson -- The Fierce Battle over Money and Power that Transformed the Nation. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002.
  • Whitcover, Jules. Party of the People: A History of the Democrats. New York: Random House, 2003.
  • Woodward, C. Vann. Reunion and Reaction. New York: Doubleday, 1951.
Railroads
  • Ambrose, Stephen E. Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.
  • Bain, David Howard. Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad. New York: Penguin, 1999.
  • Readings (These used to be the basis of many history courses in American colleges/universities in the 1960s)
  • Cunningham, Raymond. The Populists in Historical Perspective. Boston: D. C. Heath, 1968.
  • Greene, Theodore P. American Imperialism. Boston: D. C. Heath, 1955.
  • Jones, Peter d'A. The Robber Barons Revisted. Boston: D. C. Heath, 1968.
  • Saloutos, Theodore. Populism: Reaction or Reform? New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1968.
  • Shapiro, Herbert. The Muckrakers and American Society. Boston: D. C. Heath, 1968.
  • Taylor, George Rogers. The Turner Thesis: Concerning the Role of the Frontier in American History. Boston: D. C. Heath, 1956.
  • Warne, Colston E. The Pullman Boycott of 1894: The Problem of Federal Intervention. Boston: D. C. Heath, 1955.
  • Ziegler, Benjamin Munn, ed.. Desegregation and the Supreme Court. Boston: D. C. Heath, 1958.
Reform Movements
  • Hicks, John D. The Populist Revolt: A History of the Farmers' Alliance and the People's Party. Lincoln: Nebraska, 1931.
  • Grace, Fran. Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life. Bloomington: Indiana, 2001.
  • Faulkner, Harold U. The Quest for Social Justice. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1931.
  • ___. Politics, Reform and Expansion, 180-1900. New York: Harper and Row, 1959.
  • Kerr, K. Austin. Organized for Prohibition: A New History of the Anti-Saloon League. New Haven: Yale, 1985.
  • McGerr, Micahael. A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920. New York: Free Press, 2003.
  • Mowry, George E. The California Progressives. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1963.
  • O'Neill, William L. The Progressive Years: America Comes of Age. New York: Harper and Row, 1975.
  • Rodgers, Daniel T. Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age. Cambridge: Harvard/Belknap, 1998.
  • Sproat, John G. "All The Best Men": Liberal Reformers in the Gilded Age. New York: Oxford, 1968.
  • Wiebe, Robert H. Businessmen and Reform: A Study of the Progressive Movement. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1962.
Robber Barons or Captains of Industry?
  • Allen, Frederick Lewis. Great Pierpont Morgan. New York: Harper and Row, 1948.
  • Beard, Patricia. After the Ball: Gilded Age Secrets, Boardroom Betrayals, and the Party that Ignited the Great Wall Street Scandal of 1905. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
  • Carosso. Vincent P. The Morgans: Private International Bankers, 1854-1913. Cambridge: Harvard, 1987.
  • Chernow, Ron. The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance. New York: Atlantic, 1990.
  • ___. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. New York: Random House, 1998.
  • Davis, John H. The Guggenheims: An American Epic. New York: Morrow, 1978.
  • Hersh, Burton. The Mellon Family. New York: Morrow, 1978.
  • Kanigel, Robert. The One Best Way: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency. New York: Viking, 1997.
  • Klein, Maury. The Life and Legend of Jay Gould. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1986.
  • ___. The Life of E. H. Harriman. Chapel Hill: North Carolina, 2000.
  • Strouse, Jean. Morgan: American Financier. New York: Random, 1999.
  • Josephson, Matthew. The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists, 1861-1901. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1934.
  • Wall, Joseph Frasier. Andrew Carnegie. New York: Oxford, 1970.
Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Avrich, Paul. Sacco and Vanzetti: The Anarchist Background. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.
  • Frankfurter, Felix. The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti. Boston: Little, Brown, 1927.
  • Russell, Francis. Sacco and Vanzetti: The Case Resolved. New York: Harper and Row, 1986.
Science
  • Jones, Jill. Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse and the Race to Electrify the World. New York: Random House, 2004.
The Social Evil
  • Cohen, Patricia Cline. The Murder of Helen Jewett. New York: Random House, 1998.
  • Evans, Max. Madame Millie: Bordellos from Silver City to Ketchikan. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002.
  • Gilfoyle, Timothy. City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920. New York: Norton, 1992
  • Ringdal, Nils Johan. Love for Sale: A World History of Prostitution. New York: Grove Press, 2004.
  • Rosen, Ruth. The Lost Sisterhood: Prostitution in America, 1900-1918.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1982.
  • Vincent, Isabel. Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas. New York: Morrow, 2005.
Spanish-American War and American Imperialism
  • Abrahamson, James L. American Arms for a New Century: The Making of a Great Military Power. New York: Free Press, 1981.
  • Bain, David Howard. Sitting in Darkness: Americans in the Philippines. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984.
  • Cosmas, Graham A. An Army for Empire. Columbia: Missouri, 1971.
  • Freidel, Frank. The Splendid Little War. New York: Buford Books, 1958.
  • Funston, Frederick. Memories of Two Wars. New York: Scribner's, 1911.
  • Gates, John M. Schoolbooks and Krags: The United States Army in the Philippines. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1973.
  • LaFeber, Walter. The New Empire: An Interpretation of American-Expansion 1860-1898. Ithaca: Cornell, 1963.
  • Leonard, Elmore. Cuba Libre. New York: Delacorte Press, 1998.
  • Linderman, Gerald F. The Mirror of War: American Society and the Spanish-American War. Ann Arbor: Michigan, 1974.
  • Linn, Brian McAllister. The Philippine War 1899-1902. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1999.
  • ___. The U.S. Army and Counterinsurgency in the Philippine War, 1899-1902. Chapel Hill: North Carolina, 1989.
  • Love, Eric T. Race over Empire: Racism and American Imperialism. Chapel Hill: North Carolina, 2004.
  • May, Ernest R. Imperial Democracy: The Emergence of America as a Great Power. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1961
  • May, Glenn Anthony. Battle for Batangas: A Philippine Province at War. New Haven: Yale, 1991.
  • Miller, Stuart Creighton. "Benevolent Assimilation": The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903. New Haven: Yale, 1982.
  • Musicant, Ivan. Empire by Default: The Spanish-American War and the Dawn of the American Century. New York: Holt, 1998.
  • Offner, John L. An Unwanted War: The Diplomacy of the United States and Spain over Cuba, 1895-1898. Chapel Hill: North Carolina, 1992.
  • O'Toole, G. J. A. The Spanish War: An American Epic 1898. New York: W. W. Norton, 1884.
  • Pratt, Julius W. Expansionists of 1898: The Acquisition of Hawaii and the Spanish Islands. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1936.
  • Reckner, James R. Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1988.
  • Samuels, Peggy and Harold Samuels. Remembering the Maine. Washington: Smithsonian, 1995.
  • Thompson, James C., Jr. and Peter W. Stanley and John Curtis Perry. Sentimental Imperialists: The American Experience in East Asia. New York: Harper, 1961.
  • Trask, David F. The War with Spain in 1898. New York: Macmillan, 1981.
  • Traxel, David. 1898: The Birth of the American Century. New York: Knopf, 1998.
  • Welch, Richard E., Jr. Response to Imperialism: The United States and the Philippine-American War, 1899-1902. Chapel Hill: North Carolina, 1979.
  • Young, Kenneth Ray. The General's General: The Life and Times of Arthur MacArthur. Boulder: Westview Press, 1994.
Sports
  • Isenberg, Michael T. John L. Sullivan and His America. Champagne: University of Illinois, 1988.
  • Townsend, Kim. Manhood at Harvard: William James and Others. New York: W. W. Norton, 1996.
  • Ward, Geoffrey C. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. New York: Random House, 2004.
  • Watterson, John Sayle. College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2000.
Strikes, Workers and Labor Radicalism
  • Avrich, Paul. The Haymarket Tragedy. Princeton; Princeton University Press,
  • Brody, David. Steelworkers in America: The Non-Union Era. New York: Harper and Row, 1960.
  • ___. Labor in Crisis: The Steel Strike of 1919. Philadelphia: Lippencott, 1965.
  • Bruce, Robert V. 1877: The Year of Violence. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1959.
  • Budder, Stanley. Pullman: An Experiment in Industrial Order and Community Planning, 1880-1930. New York: Oxford, 1967.
  • Carlson, Peter. Roughneck: The Life and Times of Big Bill Haywood. New York: W. W. Norton, 1983.
  • Corn, Elliot J. Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Women in America. New York: Hill and Wang, 2002.
  • Destler, Chester McArthur. American Radicalism, 1865-1901. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1946.
  • Hoerr, John P. And Finally the Wolf Came: The Decline of the American Steel Industry. Pittsburgh:Pitt, 1988.
  • Kause, Paul. The Battle for Homestead, 1880-1892: Politics, Culture, and Steel. Pittsburgh: Pitt, 1992.
  • Kenny, Kevin. Making Sense of the Molly Maguires. New York: Oxford, 1998.
  • Lukas, J. Anthony. Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets off as Struggle for the Soul of America. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997.
  • Papke, David Ray. The Pullman Case: The Clash of Labor and Capitalism in Industrial America. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1999.
  • Serrin, William. Homestead: The Glory and Tragedy of an American Steel Town. New York: Times Books, 1992.
  • Stein, Leon. The Triangle Fire. New York: Carroll and Graf, 1962.
  • Stowell, David O. Streets, Roads, and the Great Strike of 1877. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1999.
  • Von Drehle, David. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America. New York: Grove Press, 2003.
  • Watson, Bruce. Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream. New York: Viking, 2005.
  • Wexler, Alice. Emma Goldman: An Intimate Life. New York: Pantheon, 1984.
Virginia Matters
  • Lebsock, Suzanne. A Murder in Virginia. New York: W. W. Norton, 2003.
  • Page, Thomas Nelson. The Negro: The Southerner's Problem. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904.
  • Smith, J. Douglas. Managing White Supremacy: Race, Politics, and Citizenship in Jim Crow Virginia. Chapel Hill: Carolina, 2002.
The West
  • Athearn, Robert G. The Mythic West in the Twentieth Century. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1986.
  • Bartlett, Richard A. The New Country: A Social History of the American Frontier, 1776-1890. New York: Oxford, 1974.
  • Billington, Ray Allen. America's Frontier Heritage. Hinsdale, IL: Dryden Press, 1966.
  • Dray, David E. The Buffalo Book: The Full Saga of the American Animal. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1974.
  • ___. Cowboy Culture: A Sage of Five Centuries. Lawrence: Kansas, 1981.
  • Haywood, Robert C. Victorian West: Class and Culture in Kansas Cow Towns. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1991.
  • Limerick, Patricia Nelson. The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West. New York: W. W. Norton, 1987.
  • McMurtry, Larry. The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of Stardom in America. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005.
  • Marcy, Randolph B. The Prairie Traveler. Bedford, MA: Applewood Books, 1859, 1993.
  • Paul, Rodman. The Far West and the Great Plains in Transition, 1859-1900. New York: Harper and Row, 1988.
  • Rosa, Joseph G. Wild Bill Hickok: The Man and His Myth. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1996.
  • Turner, Frederick Jackson. "The Frontier in American History." Annual Report of The American Historical Association. 1893.
  • Utley, Robert M. Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life. Lincoln; Nebraska, 1989.
  • ___. High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontier. Albuquerque: New Mexico, 1987.
  • Webb, Walter Prescott. The Great Plains. New York: Grossett's Universal Library, 1931.
  • West, Elliott. Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998.
Women
  • Chesler, Ellen. Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992.
  • Christy, Howard Chandler. The American Girl. New York: DaCapo, 1906.
  • Clark, Claudia. Radium Girls: Women and Industrial Health Reform, 1910-1935. Chapel Hill: North Carolina, 1997.
  • Corn, Elliot J. Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Women in America. New York: Hill and Wang, 2002.
  • Goldberg, Michael Lewis. An Army of Women: Gender and Politics in Gilded Age Kansas. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1997.
  • Goldsmith, Barbara. Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull. New York: Knopf, 1998.
  • Grace, Fran. Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life. Bloomington: Indiana, 2001.
  • Katzman, David M. Seven Days a Week: Women and Domestic Service in Industrializing America. New York: Oxford, 1978.
  • O'Neill, William L. Divorce in the Progressive Era. New York: New Viewpoints, 1973.
  • Rosen, Ruth. The Lost Sisterhood: Prostitution in America, 1900-1918.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1982.
  • Schneider, Dorothy and Carl J. Schneider. American Women in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920. New York: Oxford, 1994.
  • Stratton, Joanna L. Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.
  • Wexler, Alice. Emma Goldman: An Intimate Life. New York: Pantheon, 1984.