Gilded Ages in America


Conferees discussed the Gilded Age, similarities that exist with our own age, and the lessons we may draw about how best to protect the ideal of a free society today.


Conference Readings

Filler, Louis, eds. Late Nineteenth-Century American Liberalism. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1962.

Garraty, John A., eds. The Transformation of American Society, 1868-1900. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.

Tindall, George B., eds. A Populist Reader: Selections from the Works of American Populist Leaders. New York: Harper & Row, 1966.

Bensel, Richard Franklin. The Political Economy of American Industrialization, 1877-1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Folsom, Burton W., Jr. The Myth of the Robber Barons: A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America. Herndon: Young America’s Foundation, 2007.

Friedman, Milton. Bright Promises, Dismal Performance: an Economist’s Protest. New York: Thomas Horton, 1983.

Godkin, E. L. “The Eclipse of Liberalism.” The Nation (August 9, 1900): 1.

Hays, Samuel P. The Response to Industrialism, 1885-1914, 2nd edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1957.

Kazin, Michael. The Populist Persuasion: An American History. Revised Edition. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998.

Kolko, Gabriel. The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History, 1900-1916. New York: The Free Press, 1977.

Mellon, Andrew W. Taxation: The People’s Business. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1924.

Ritter, Gretchen. Goldbugs and Greenbacks: The Antimonopoly Tradition and the Politics of Finance in America, 1865-1896. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Rockefeller, John D. Random Reminiscences of Men and Events. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1909.

Roosevelt, Theodore. “The New Nationalism.” Dedication of the John Brown Memorial Park, Osawatomie, Kansas, August 31, 1910.

Rove, Karl. The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2015.

Sumner, William Graham. On Liberty, Society, and Politics: The Essential Essays of William Graham Sumner. Edited by Robert C. Bannister. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1992.

Veblen, Thorstein. The Vested Interests, and the Common Man, (The Modern Point of View and the New Order). New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1919.