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HIST 338 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1929 (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: HIST 218 or permission of the instructor (First semester—odd years/3 credits) 

Between 1877 and 1929, the United States wrestled with the wrenching social, political, cultural and economic transformations that accompanied the second industrial revolution. Additionally, America entered the world stage as an imperial power, experienced an unprecedented wave of immigration and witnessed the rise of cities that were far beyond the imagination of any of nation’s founders. This course will address the ways in which Americans responded to the crises caused by industrialization, immigration and urbanization with special emphasis on Progressive Era reform.