The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s

Large scale economic change, job uncertainty, the politics of extremism and paranoia, arguments over America s international role, racial conflicts Sound familiar Fritz Lanham, Houston Chronicle Just as we do today, Americans of the 1890s faced changes in economics, politics, society, and technology that led to wrenching and sometimes violent tensions between rich and Large scale economic change, job uncertainty, the politics of extremism and paranoia, arguments over America s international role, racial conflicts Sound familiar Fritz Lanham, Houston Chronicle Just as we do today, Americans of the 1890s faced changes in economics, politics, society, and technology that led to wrenching and sometimes violent tensions between rich and poor, capital and labor, white and black, East and West In The Reckless Decade, H W Brands demonstrates that we can learn a lot about the contradictions that lie at the heart of America today by looking at them through the lens of the 1890s.The 1890s saw the closing of the American frontier and a shift toward imperialist ambitions Populists and muckrakers grappled with robber barons and gold bugs Americans addressed the unfinished business of Reconstruction by separating blacks and whites Booker T Washington, W E B Du Bois, and other black leaders clashed over the proper response to continuing racial inequality Those on top of the economic heap Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan created vast empires of wealth, while those at the bottom worked for dimes a day Brands brings all this to life in a vivid narrative filled with larger than life characters facing momentous challenges as they worked toward an uncertain future.
The Reckless Decade America in the s Large scale economic change job uncertainty the politics of extremism and paranoia arguments over America s international role racial conflicts Sound familiar Fritz Lanham Houston Chronicle Just

  • Title: The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s
  • Author: H.W. Brands
  • ISBN: 9780226071169
  • Page: 164
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    H.W. Brands

    Henry William Brands was born in Portland, Oregon, where he lived until he went to California for college He attended Stanford University and studied history and mathematics After graduating he became a traveling salesman, with a territory that spanned the West from the Pacific to Colorado His wanderlust diminished after several trips across the Great Basin, and he turned to sales of a different sort, namely teaching For nine years he taught mathematics and history in high school and community college Meanwhile he resumed his formal education, earning graduate degrees in mathematics and history, concluding with a doctorate in history from the University of Texas at Austin He worked as an oral historian at the University of Texas Law School for a year, then became a visiting professor of history at Vanderbilt University In 1987 he joined the history faculty at Texas AM University, where he taught for seventeen years In 2005 he returned to the University of Texas, where he is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and Professor of Government He has written twenty two books, coauthored or edited five others, and published dozens of articles and scores of reviews His books include Traitor to His Class, The Money Men, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, TR, The Strange Death of American Liberalism, What America Owes the World, and The Devil We Knew His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic Monthly, the Smithsonian, the National Interest, the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the Political Science Quarterly, American History, and many other newspapers, magazines and journals His writings have received critical and popular acclaim The First American was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Prize, as well as a New York Times bestseller The Age of Gold was a Washington Post Best Book of 2002 and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller Andrew Jackson was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2005 and a Washington Post bestseller What America Owes the World was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize in international affairs The Wages of Globalism was a Choice Outstanding Academic Book winner Lone Star Nation won the Deolece Parmelee Award He is a member of various honorary societies, including the Society of American Historians and the Philosophical Society of Texas He is a regular guest on national radio and television programs, and is frequently interviewed by the American and foreign press His writings have been published in several countries and translated into German, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

    199 Comment

    • Chris said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      This author has a great ability to bring cause and effect into light in a clear, down to earth manner that makes reading history not only enjoyable but also leaves you with clear understanding in a way no text book does. I haven't come across a book by this author that I didn't like. I also highly recommend his California gold rush book.

    • Eli said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      "Americans" in the 1980s might've been a better subtitle - as in portraits of rich, powerful, famous men of the 1890s. While this approach allowed some insight into the culture as a whole - a chapter on Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan sketched the impacts of industrialization, and a comparison of Booker Washington to W.E.B. DuBois opened a window into race relations - the book, though solid and well-researched, is well-suited to those who like reading about influential men, not those looking f [...]

    • Jeremy Perron said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      The Restless Decade of H.W. Brands is a book that lives up to its name. Brands takes his readers for a trip although out America in the last decade of the nineteenth century. Brands presents a nation that is on the edge, with the end of century that began with President John Adams and finished with William McKinley; saw the nation grow from the Appalachian Mountains to the Pacific Ocean; split in half and fight; and the saw the end of slavery and the beginning of Jim Crow, the American people we [...]

    • Doug said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      Finally picked this back up to finish. This is one of my favorite periods of American history, so the issue for me is reading much of the content previously. And also in often in biographical forms. Brands writing is dryer history, feeling like it's being taught from above thru the recoded lives of the tycoons, Presidents and warriors. Just doesn't measure up well for me

    • Craig said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      One of Brands' earlier books (written in 1995) and perhaps it shows as it isn't on par with some of his more recent books which are consistently fascinating and informative. This one tries to cover the important events of the 1890s which seems simple enough. Yet, as Brands shows, the 1890s brought to America widespread social, political, and economic changes, and in that regard I feel this book could have been more effective if it had concentrated on just one of those three main aspects. Brands, [...]

    • Carrie Schindler said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      I don't normally like nonfiction, but this is told in such a way that you don't get too bogged down in the details. I actually learned something too.

    • John Albert said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      A very perceptive book that points out how much the 1890's and our times are the same. A growing social divide between the very rich and the poor. Growing control that large businesses have over our government, aggressive foreign policy and a depression that required a bail out of the government by Wall Street mirrors our times in many ways.

    • Lloyd Hughes said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      One of Mr Brands' earliest books, well written in his story-telling fashion. Interesting presentation to draw parallels between 1890s and 1990s. Crisp analysis, minor bias but mostly even handed, captures and illuminates era. 4 stars.

    • Eunice Schroeder said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      Good intro to economic, political, social, cultural issues of the decade written in a very engaging style.

    • David said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      The 1890s and the 1990s in the USA had more in common than one might first expect, after 100 years the country in 1990 was working out many of the same issues it was in 1890.

    • Shawn Thrasher said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      Snooze.

    • Hind Dossary said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      The book is helpful to know more about American during the 1890s in details including the economic, the financial, the political, and the social changes.

    • Pete Hill said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

      Good

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