America, the Gilded Age: 1870s - 1900
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HAH17
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will cover the dynamic period of American history – where the nation is growing and expanding economically; building the foundations of its industrial might and development of capitalism in America. This is the backdrop to the growing social issues that prevail in the aftermath of Reconstruction through the turn of the new century.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Presidential Elections during the period
- population changes and movement
- the roles of different socio-economic sectors and ethnic groups within the population
- key points of the ‘Gilded Age’ as it is known.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Discuss the domestic changes occurring within the American nation due to the ‘American’ Industrial Revolution
- Compare different types of historical records
- Use data learned in class to engage with questions about how American’s development impacted the different groups within the nation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an ‘introductory’ level course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good standard of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses. As with all of our history and politics courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen and to think about views with which you are not familiar or may not agree, are more important than any previous knowledge or experience in the subject matter.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be delivered through a presentation, accompanied by PowerPoint slides. We will use a variety of maps, images, video and text throughout the session.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. A list of recommended resources will be provided to follow-on from the session, but this is optional.
Reading Resources List (Optional, not exhaustive)
P.S.Boyer (2012) American History. A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
C.W.Calhoun (ed.) (2006) The Gilded Age: Perspectives on the Origins of Modern America.
A. Trachtenberg (2007) The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Have a look at our range of American History courses on our website.
Dale joined City Lit in 2010 and has taught a range of courses in the history and politics programmes. She also teaches in the Politics and Geography Departments at Birkbeck, University of London. She has a PhD in Politics from the University of Durham, and has taught at the Universities of Durham, Limerick, Bedfordshire, and has guest lectured at the University of Birmingham. She has a keen interest in American history/politics, European history/politics, democratic transitions & states, and global issues like the environment, migration and civic edudation. When not teaching, Dale is usually found buried in books (both textbooks and fiction!), baking, still making attempts to learn French, hiking, or squeeking away as a beginner - learning to play the violin.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.