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Edward O'Donnell Ph.D.

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1865: “Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds”
Episode 1 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Begin to investigate the key historical forces that characterized the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, and the competing ideals that defined these eras. As a starting point, take account of the U.S. in 1865, and the extraordinary social, political,…
The New Immigrants: A New America
Episode 7 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Here, learn how widespread immigration during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era transformed U.S. society. Delve into the diverse factors underlying immigration, and the perceived threats and social problems posed by immigrants. Observe how society at large reacted to the…
The Reconstruction Revolution
Episode 2 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
The era of Reconstruction following the Civil War was a turbulent and divisive period in American life. Learn about governmental policies and legislation that were enacted to safeguard the welfare of former slaves and average citizens, and how these policies…
America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era:
Episode 3 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Examine the complex and fascinating story of the conquest of the American West. First, assess key myths surrounding the West and how it was settled. Explore the motives and realities of westward migration, the components of the western economy, and…
Andrew Carnegie: The Self-Made Ideal
Episode 5 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
This lecture examines the notion of the "self-made man" as it pervaded Gilded Age America. Investigate why this idea took on unprecedented popularity in the 19th century, how it was strongly promoted by figures from Horatio Alger to Andrew Carnegie,…
Mrs. Vanderbilt’s Gala Ball
Episode 13 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Take the measure of the new breed of multimillionaire industrialists that emerged in the Gilded Age as a visible public presence. Contrast the earlier American mindset of republican simplicity with the new rich who displayed and flaunted their wealth through…
Big Cities: The Underbelly Revealed
Episode 8 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
The huge growth of cities was a hallmark of the Gilded Age. Study the forces leading to massive urbanization, such as industrialization, migration and immigration, and revolutionary technologies. Then track the serious social problems that resulted, from crime and disease…
Popular Culture: Jazz, Modern Art, Movies
Episode 9 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Take a wide-ranging look at the transformation of American art and entertainment during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Chart the accomplishments of the Ashcan School of painting and realist fiction. Witness the birth of ragtime, blues, and jazz, and…
The 1911 Triangle Fire and Reform
Episode 18 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Learn about reformers' efforts to address the miserable living and working conditions of industrial workers, and new labor laws that followed the galvanizing events of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and the Bread and Roses Strike. Also study the movements to…
Early Civil Rights: Washington or Du Bois?
Episode 22 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Discover how African Americans fought racism and violence in the early 20th century. Study the system of white supremacy called Jim Crow, and its economic, social, and political oppression. Review significant civil rights activism and legal victories that laid the…
Smokestack Nation: The Industrial Titans
Episode 4 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Trace the process by which the U.S. rose from developing nation status in 1865 to become the world's greatest industrial power by 1900. Study the unfolding of the American industrial revolution; the advent of big business in the railroad, steel,…
Big Business: Democracy for Sale?
Episode 6 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
In the late Gilded Age there was wide agreement that troubling trends threatened the young republic. Explore rising public anxiety over the power of big business and the era's economic inequality, governmental corruption, and violent conflict between labor and capital.…
New Technology: Cars, Electricity, Records
Episode 10 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Technological changes in late 19th-century America radically changed the country and the world. Track the evolution of electrical power, and the impact of both electric lighting and electrified machinery. Grasp the economic and social changes brought about by the automobile…
The 1892 Homestead Strike
Episode 11 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Travel into the world of American workers, and view the poignant social problems that accompanied industrialization. Learn how technological changes in industry affected living conditions for workers, and follow the rise of labor movements, violent strikes, and intense conflict between…
Morals and Manners: Middle-Class Society
Episode 12 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Discover how the American middle class was a direct product of industrialization and the new employment categories it created. Investigate the key features of the new middle class lifestyle, encompassing suburban living, consumption, and leisure. Also identify defining middle-class values,…
Rough Riders and the Imperial Dream
Episode 15 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Delve into the complex process by which the U.S. reversed its longstanding policy of isolationism to become actively involved in global affairs. Investigate the core ideas that built a case for American internationalism, as they manifested in the events of…
No More Corsets: The New Woman
Episode 16 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
The lives of American women changed in far-reaching ways during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Trace late-19th-century social trends that led to more public roles for women and emerging ideas of women's rights. Learn about the women's suffrage movement…
Trust-Busting in the Progressive Era
Episode 17 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Witness how the Progressive movement took shape in the late 19th century, fueled by alarm over the unbridled power of large corporations. Grasp the era's new definition of American economic freedom, and examine actions taken under presidents Roosevelt, Taft, and…
Populist Revolt: The Grangers and Coxey
Episode 14 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Follow the dramatic rise of the Populist movement, which aimed to address broad economic suffering. In particular, study the phenomenon of the People's Party, a political party that demanded major governmental changes to curb injustice and oppression, lighting a fire…
Theodore Roosevelt, Conservationist
Episode 19 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Trace the origins of the conservation movement in the 19th century, and its early initiatives to establish federal protection of wilderness in the face of staunch opposition from commercial interests. Grasp the astonishing conservation record of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose…