Alan Trachtenberg. The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age. (American Century Series.) New York: Hill and Wang. Reviewed Work(s): The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age. by Alan Trachtenberg. Review by: Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz. Source: . A classic examination of the roots of corporate culture, newly revised and updated for the twenty first century. Alan Trachtenberg presents a.
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The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age by Alan Trachtenberg
Email alerts New issue alert. Truly fascinat I don’t share the author’s clearly socialist sympathies, but this book really defines the strengths and possibilities of cultural history. A little rambling and encompassed a lot of peripheral topics. Apr 25, B rated it liked it Shelves: Top-down hierarchies dominated many various aspects of common life.
Books by Alan Trachtenberg. Others flocked to the Chautauqua movement, which mixed lectures and rustic activities to forge a middlebrow and middle-class identity, linking republicanism and industrial progress.
In each of these chapters, he identifies how signs of progress also included their opposite.
He then compares this understanding to the historical record and explores how belief and fact relate to each other. Alan Trachtenberg presents a balanced analysis of the expansion of capitalist power in the last third of the nineteenth century and the cultural changes it brought in its wake.
Many of the foundations laid during this era have reached fruition in contemporary American culture and are spreading through globalization. No eBook available Macmillan Amazon.
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The end result was significant changes in the distribution of knowledge and mechanized mode of thought. The untamed West was a symbol of American values, Oc Jefferson’s agrarian ideal, and the rugged individualism that the frontier encouraged. A classic examination of the roots of corporate culture, newly revised and updated for the twenty first century Alan Trachtenberg presents a balanced analysis of the expansion of capitalist power in the last third of the nineteenth century and the cultural changes it brought in its wake.
The book explains how the growth and the sheer novelty of large, dense cities tended to shroud them in mystery. The Incorporation of America: I found the book more useful for the insights it provides into the specific topics of each chapter and for how much it reveals about why the United States is the way it is today.
Trachtenburg, a Professor of American Studies, picks up where author This is an early well, mid year front runner for best book I’ve read all year. While a touch dry at moments, and oddly organized, Trachtenberg gives a nuanced, in-depth look at the culture and ideas of the early decades of 20th century America. These flaws, however, are minor. Jan 19, Jack rated it really liked it Shelves: In America’s westward expansion, labor unrest, newly powerful cities, and newly mechanized industries, the ideals and ideas by which Americans lived were reshaped, and American society became more structured, with an entrenched middle class and a powerful business elite.
For this alone, the book is massively ambitions and, due to Trachtenberg’s scholarship, quite successful. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Again, Trachtenberg sees political conflict in this period as a struggle over the soul of the American Self.
Kudos to you Amazon. To ask other readers questions about The Incorporation of Americaplease sign up. Professionalism provided a new form of identity. It doesn’t come across as related as he thinks it is, both because it’s too cursory and because of some other reasons that I’ll never take the time to ascertain.
A variety of cultural responses ensued.
Aug 02, Ann Mcelligott rated it really liked it Shelves: Ot campaigns became sales campaigns, and politics became a business, and candidates were ameriva to the party bosses and money. Be the first to ask a question about The Incorporation of America. A classic of cultural history, I was surprised at times at this book’s nuance: Bourgeois Americans championed their corporations while still clinging to some Victorian beliefs, particularly edifying entertainments and the patriarchal family.
May 01, Mike Hankins rated it liked it Shelves: The ills of the Gilded Age seem familiar: But, in the end, this is a book about the death of the original American ideology. Dec 19, Greg Akins rated it liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Oxford Incorporatlon Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Incroporation also looks at the ways in which the old, Alsn sense of American promise was replaced by the fear amongst older elites that “republican virtue” and Protestant ascendancy would be replaced by a “European” world of urban class conflict.
I enjoyed this book. THrought the book, he develops the idea of a counter definition of America, one that draws on the tradition of Indian culture and American Populism, to show how much the corporation had to overcome in order to dominate America’s definition of itself. Here, in an updated edition which includes a new introduction and a revised bibliographical essay, amegica a brilliant, essential work on the origins of America’s corporate culture and the formation of the American social fabric after the Civil War.
A classic of cultural history.
The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age
Trachtenberg’s main contention is that the growing number and power of large corporations tore America away from its familiar values, and these changes manifested themselves sharply in cultural elements of society. Most importantly, in this fight over values, the state came down on the side of capital to the point of inflicting violence on its own citizens. Reformers sought to redeem the cities, perceiving them as a negative influence on society. As far as reading for pleasure goes, I found it hard to get through; the American Studies style tested my attention span how long can one paragraph be?
Cultural criticism, per se, does contribute its insights: These attempts were connected to evangelicalism and a genuine desire to protect citizens.
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