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Welcome to The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age brings primary documents and scholarly commentary together into a searchable collection that is the definitive electronic resource for students and scholars researching this important period in American history. In addition to an extensive selection of key treatises that reflect the social and cultural ferment of the late nineteenth century, The Gilded Age offers a wealth of rare materials, including songs, letters, photographs, cartoons, government documents, and ephemera. This primary content is enhanced by video interviews with scholars and numerous topical critical documentary essays specially commissioned for the project by Alexander Street Press. Covering such themes as race, labor, immigration, commerce, western expansion, and women’s suffrage, these essays illuminate the rapidly changing cultural landscape of America during the decades between the end of the Civil War and the election of Theodore Roosevelt. The collection currently has over 53,000 pages. Learn more >>


The Grange Movement (Critical Documentary Essay), by Michaela Reaves
"By 1867 attempts to unify the farmer began and the first farmers’ organization, The Patrons of Husbandry, also known as Grange, was born. Described as an apolitical social organization, it was a fraternal group of men and women who met to discuss economic solutions to their problems, build a community, and affect change".

Adventures in Apache Country: A Tour Through Arizona and Sonora, with Notes on the Silver Regions of Nevada, by J. Ross Browne
"Citizens in small parties of five or six go out whenever occasion requires, and afford aid and comfort to unfortunate travellers who happen to be waylaid in pursuit of their legitimate business; and the Previous Papago Indians also do good service by following up and killing the hostile savages who infest the country". - page 135.

The Drunkard's Child, by E. A. Parkhurst
"But O, my soul is very sad, My brain is almost wild; It breaks my heart, to think that I Am call'd a drunkard's child.".

Cynthia Ann Parker: The Story of Her Capture, by James T. DeShields
"This still left in captivity Cynthia and John Parker, who, as subsequently learned, were held by separate bands. The brother and sister thus separated, gradually forgot the language, manners and customs of their own people, and became thorough Comanches as the long years stole slowly away." - page 27.