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 book is, by nature of its highly interpretative approach and argument, heavily reliant on secondary sources, usually only delving to primaries when examining particular pieces of literature or contemporary observations.
Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The work is fully deserving of the praise and recognition it has gained over the years. All of this creates a sense of detachment, clearly distinct from former ways of small town life.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The final chapter is the White City about the World’s Columbian Exposition as the “symbolic terminus change from a community based on equality alxn one based on consumption. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. This is both ironic and tragic in two ways.
I don’t share the author’s clearly socialist sympathies, but this book really defines the strengths and possibilities of cultural history. I found the book fascinating and well written. Here, in an updated edition which includes a new introduction and a revised bibliographical essay, is a brilliant, essential work on the origins of America’s corporate culture and the formation of the American social fabric after the Civil War.
Although he approaches his thesis ellipitcally in true American Studies fashionit is hard to deny the power of his observations. Culture and Society in the Gilded Age. Paperback25th Anniversary Editionpages.
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Be the first to discover new talent! Mar 05, Alison rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He is also quick to draw attention to the very tangible effects of a technological boom on societal structures. Excellent collection of essays on the Gilded Age and the United States’s transition from a regional to a national, industrialized economy.
A classic of cultural history. Trachtenberg weaves the concept of incorporation throughout the diverse topics of Westward movement, violence against Native Americans, mechanization, capital and labor, urban development, the growth of middle class cultural values, realism, and the Columbian Exposition.
For this alone, the book is massively ambitions and, due to Trachtenberg’s scholarship, quite successful. There was a problem adding your traachtenberg address. The book was pertinent enough in the early s, and it’s all the more worth reading now.
A little rambling and encompassed a lot of peripheral topics. In this latest addition to the American Century series, Professor Trachtenberg American Studies and English, Yale attempts a synthesis of current thinking as regards the “”effects of the corporate system on culture, on values and outlooks, on the ‘way of life,'”” from the end of the Civil War to the early s.
I’m quite sure I could have lived the entire rest of my life and never had any one recommend this trachenberg to me in causal or non-casual conversation.
Second, inJefferson had emerged tye victor in the winner-take-all-sweepstakes that was a struggle over the identity and future vision of America with Federalist corporatist, Alexander Hamilton. Myths about the virtue of productivity and progress and metaphorical relations with mechanization obscured the evils of the reality of rapid mechanization and incorporation, including such un-American features as increased social stratification and decreased individual autonomy.
May 01, Mike Hankins rated it liked it Shelves: The work is still incredibly valuable, not only in its interpretation of massive change ripe with inherent tension, but it is also useful for its methodological approach that examines cultural artifacts to determine a generally unspoken societal zeitgeist. Jun 06, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: User Review – Flag as inappropriate Cool beans.
Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Here, in an updated tracbtenberg which includes a new introduction and a revised bibliographical essay, is a brilliant, essential work on the origins of America’s corporate culture and the formation of the American social fabric after the Civil War. Yet, this was obscured by the myth of Edison, who, in reality, was not a throwback to Benjamin Franklin but the beginnings of modern industrial research.
Consumption emerged as the hidden purpose of cities.
Professor Emeritus of English and American studies at Yale Incorporatjon, where he taught for thirty-five years. Aug 22, matt Sandler rated it it was amazing.
The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age by Alan Trachtenberg
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He shows how incorporation was a structural cultural phenomenon. Michaele rated it it was ok Oct 07, Jul 11, Dan Gorman rated trachhenberg it was amazing Shelves: In America’s westward expansion, labor unrest, newly powerful cities, and newly mechani. Provides really interesting insight into the use of spectacle to cover up the darker side of industrialization.
An interesting study of the factors which contributes to the transformation of the United States during the latter part of the 19th century.
The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age
References to this book Reconstructing Womanhood: But another part of the message was precisely to keep that alliance aloof, not so much hidden and disguised but above reproach, beyond criticism. This is an early well, mid year front runner for best book I’ve read all year.
Aug 25, Ashley rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 19, Jack rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. No trivia or quizzes yet. This book illuminates the major cultural cleavages of a tumultuous age. However, the work could be strengthened with the inclusion of a more concrete definition of the old society that Trachtenberg argues was being replaced. incorporatjon
The department store as “a pedagogy of modernity” that “present[ed] goods as if they represented something more than themselves” and “sold along with goods lessons in modern living” Written inthis fo gives an interesting overview of US social and cultural history from the end of the Civil War through the beginning of the 20th century.