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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Culture and Society in the Gilded Age American century series. It seemed the victory of elites in business, politics, and culture over dissident but divided voices of labor, farmers, immigrants, blacks, and women” Ciaran rated tthe really liked it Feb 06, Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.

Manuel rated it really liked it Jan 31, The Incorporation of America: No eBook available Macmillan Amazon. Incorporation also institutionalized knowledge and fragmented it through specialization.

Paperback25th Anniversary Editionpages. Perhaps upon closer reading I will more fully understand the multifaceted meaning of “incorporation” th Trachtenberg employs and constructs. Westward expansion, mechanization, the separation of labor and capital and the emergence of three classes – working, middle, and elite; the rise of the metropolis; political change and the emergence of parties of reform and protest; and the literature and the evolution of realism in fiction.

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? He is also quick to draw attention to the very tangible effects of a technological boom on societal structures.

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Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Jun 06, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: His use of novels, poetry, popular journalism, and other sources is particularly inspired. In the second chapter, Trachtenberg examines the rise of mechanization, which, when combined with the myth of the West, came to represent progress.


A classic look at the changes in American society during the s the years of Twain’s “Gilded Age”, the the years of railway expansion and labour violence and the emergence of the incorpporation as a key feature of the American economy.

In America’s westward expansion, trachtenbegr 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. Slavery after Rome, — Dec 19, Greg Akins rated it liked it. First, not only is its conception of culture broad, so is its application.

The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age

An interesting study of the factors which contributes to the transformation of the United States during the latter part of the 19th century. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. A classic of cultural history. User Review – Flag amedica inappropriate Cool beans. Oct 24, Humphrey rated it really liked it.

The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age by Alan Trachtenberg

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This oversight is particularly strong in the sections on department stores and labor culture. He shows how incorporation was a structural cultural phenomenon. The end result was significant changes in the distribution of knowledge and mechanized mode of thought. Trachtenberg’s main contention is that the growing n The sweeping changes in technology, society, politics, and business in the latter half of the nineteenth century are alxn obvious to most observers and well-trodden in the historiography.

May 01, Mike Hankins rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

Others flocked to the Chautauqua movement, which mixed lectures and tfachtenberg activities americca forge a middlebrow and middle-class identity, linking republicanism and industrial progress.

Mar 28, Santiano Guillen rated it really liked it Shelves: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age By. There’s definitely has a lot material here if Trachtenberg gets kind of lost here.

As cities grew, rural areas necessarily declined, partly through sheer population migration but also through changing power dynamics which placed rural areas as dependent entities, useful only as sources of raw materials. This is an early well, mid year front runner for best book I’ve read all year.


What we are presented with is a blur of argumentation an effect heightened by Trachtman’s sprawling sentences and often page-long paragraphsconstantly recoiling on itself, from which can trachtenberrg extracted certain standard motifs: Apr 09, Laura Houlette rated it liked it.

At the same time, populism arose as a reaction to the corporate control of politics, but it amrrica swallowed up in the deep swaths cut by ethnic and religious diversity. Arthur rated it liked it Feb 17, This is both ironic and tragic in two ways.

It is this trachtwnberg observation, which Trachtenberg describes via his incredible analysis of the “White City” at the Chicago World’s Fair, that I found most revelatory.

This conflict gave rise to the idea of the collective voice; the corporation spoke as a voice which evaded liability in contrast with the unions, whose culture developed as a conscious alternative to the culture of competitive individualism, of acquisitiveness and segregation.

These flaws, however, are minor. Again, Trachtenberg sees political conflict in this period as a struggle over the soul of the American Self. Revised and Expanded Bibliographical Essay. The book begins by looking at a number of myths that arose in the wake of the rise of business. These forces competed to define the type of nation that America was and should be moving forward.

Trachtenberg here links his work directly with Robert Weibe’s influential work The Search for Order by noting the status anxiety that motivated the middle class. Stephanie rated it really liked it Jan 28, In a series of thoughtfully-constructed and highly readable chapters, Trachtenberg explains how nearly all elements of late 19th-century American life — everything from U. A large part of this displacement was technological expansion.

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