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This is Who We Were: 1880-1899


This is Who We Were: 1880-1899 provides the reader with a deeper understanding of the day-to-day life in America from 1880 to 1899. This series is both a serious research tool for students of American history as well as an intriguing climb up America’s family tree. The richly-illustrated text provides an interesting way to study a truly unique time in American history.

Readers will get an inside look at what American life was like during the economic boom following the Civil War.  Known as the Gilded Age, Americans saw rapid economic growth, industrialization, urbanization, skyscrapers, railroads, labor unions, new ideas in science and so much more.

In over 600 pages, This is Who We Were: 1880-1899 contains a wealth of detailed information on these two pivotal decades, featuring:

Personal Profiles: 29 in-depth Personal Profiles examines the lives of families who lived during the decade. Each profile is arranged into three categories, all detailing thorough information about the person profiled: Life at Home, Life at Work, and Life in the Community. Subjects profiled include: a Railroad Construction Engineer in 1883, a Professional Baseball Player in 1888, an Anti-Corset Campaigner in 1896, an African-American Wood Turner in 1898, a Teenage Garment Industry Labor Organizer in 1898, and many more.

Historical Snapshots: A list of important “firsts” in America, from technological advances and political events to new products and top selling books. This section highlights significant turning points in American history, such as President James Garfield’s assassination, Susan B. Anthony’s Congress for Women’s Rights in Washington, D.C., and the end of the Spanish-American War.

Economy of the Times: A wide range of economic data, including food, clothing, transportation, housing, and other selected prices, with reprints of actual advertisements for products and services of the time. Figures for Annual Income and Selected Prices are included, as well as a Value of a Dollar Index that compares the rate of $1 for every year between 1860 and 2014.

All Around Usincludes reprints of newspaper and magazine articles, letters, posters, and others items designed to help the reader focus on what was on the minds of Americans in the late 1800s. These printed pieces show how popular opinion was formed, and how American life was affected. Featured selections include an advertisement for Early American Home Remedies, an account of Billy the Kid’s death, and the poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Thayer.

Census Summary & Comparison Data: A comprehensive U.S. report that summarizes the 1890 Census along with State-by-State Comparative Tables that provide an informative regional breakdown of several interesting population characteristics.

This is Who We Were: 1880-1899 will benefit a wide range of academic and personal research and curriculum needs.  A truly unique and interesting look at what American life was like in the 1880s and 1890s, this volume will be an important acquisition for high school, public and academic libraries as well as social science and history reference collections.


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Pub. Date: March 2015
Softcover: 618 pages
ISBN: 978-1-61925-755-9
Price: $160
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e-ISBN: 978-1-61925-757-3
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