Tag Archives: Gilded Age

New film on Mark Twain highlights his religious doubts

17 Oct

Twain’s journey to Jerusalem started with a demand. “Send me $1,200 at once,” he telegraphed his editors at the Alta California, a San Francisco newspaper. “I want to go abroad.”

Amazingly, the editors did and Twain booked passage on The Quaker City, America’s first cruise ship. The other passengers were religious pilgrims and rich young men looking to acquire a little sophistication before settling down. Twain embedded himself in both groups and began sending back to the paper what would be more than 50 “dispatches.”

Read Kimberly Winston’s entire post on Twain’s journey and religion here: New film on Mark Twain highlights his religious doubts | Religion News Service

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When a New York Baron Became President

8 Sep

A review of a new biography of an “accidental” president, Chester A. Arthur: When a New York Baron Became President | The New Yorker

The Saloon, America’s Forgotten Democratic Institution

29 Nov

Historian Jon Grinspan explains how saloons used to be a hub for working-class life, including politics. Is Starbucks an adequate replacement? Read Grinspan’s astute analysis here at the New York Times: The Saloon, America’s Forgotten Democratic Institution – The New York Times

A Nation Without Borders: An Interview with the Author

27 Oct

Steven Hahn (Ph.D. Yale) is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Here he deftly summarizes his new book about the United States from 1830-1910 as seen more from the South, West, and Mexico rather than from the Northeast: A Nation Without Borders – Process

Populism for Beginners

26 Jul

If the appeal of Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Brexit can all be described as “populist,” then what is populism? Here’s a concise summary  by Matthew Wills at JSTOR and a link to a longer article by historian William F. Holmes: Populism for Beginners | JSTOR Daily

How Can Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Both Be ‘Populist’?

25 Mar

This is a fine essay by historian Michael Kazin on “populist” in light of America’s political past. (Kazin’s biography of William Jennings Bryan is a fine study, which I have used in my teaching.) Source: How Can Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Both Be ‘Populist’? – The New York Times

The Moral Threat of Bicycles in the 1890s

26 Feb

If you’re an American adult who regularly rides a bicycle, you might feel a tiny sense of moral superiority about getting exercise and reducing your carbon footprint. But in the 1890s, the moral discourse around bike riding was very different, and much more fraught. As Michael Taylor explained in a 2010 paper, Protestant authorities saw cycling as a significant threat to morality, and tried to mold the sport into a Christian activity.

Read the rest of Livia Gershon’s post at JSTOR Daily here: The Moral Threat of Bicycles in the 1890s | JSTOR Daily

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