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Profiling the ten most populous cities in the United States during ten critical eras of political development, Cities in American Political History presents a unique singular focus on American cities, their government and politics, industry, commerce, labor, and race and ethnicity. This title analyzes the role that large cities from New York to Chicago to San Jose have played in U.S. politics and policymaking. Each entry is structured for straightforward comparison across issues and eras. The city profiles include basic data and statistics for the era and are accompanied by maps of each era and the largest cities at that time.

Chapter 5. Cities in the Gilded Age, 1877–1896
Chapter 5. Cities in the Gilded Age, 1877–1896

The year 1877 is known to historians as one of the most violent in American history. It marked the formal end of Reconstruction, providing white Southerners a new freedom to intimidate blacks; the acme of the depression of the 1870s; and the first nationwide strike, in which several cities became battlegrounds between workers and the ...

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