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Reconstruction: 1865-1877
This section covers the time period from the end of the American Civil War through the election of 1876. Included are sections on the administrations of Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, the election of 1876, and the Boss Tweed scandal.
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The American West
This section covers the history of the American West in the years following the completion of the American Civil War. Sections from the Diversity collection on the Plains Indian and the end of "the Indian threat" are cross-linked. Sources are still being collected for sections on the railroad, cowboys & gunslingers, and the West in film and in children's literature.
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Politics In the Gilded Age
At the close of Reconstruction, America entered a phase of economic and population growth and urbanization that writers Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner called "the gilded age" because of the greed and political corruption that characterized the era. This section covers the administrations of Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland (1st), Benjamin Harrison, and Grover Cleveland (2nd).
The Election of 1896
The Election of 1896
The election of 1896 is often seen as a realigning election, and one of the most complex in American history. The main campaign issue in 1896 was a debate with William Jennings Bryan over the use of gold and silver in the coining of money. It resulted in a Republican coalition and control over the White House for 16 years.
Technology In The Victorian Era
Industrialization brought amazing new technologies to America, especially to the urban centers. New inventions dramatically changed how Americans viewed the world. Among the technologies discussed here are photography, sound, film, and electricity.
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