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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Jul 11, Ja rated it incotporation it. It is this last observation, which Trachtenberg describes via his incredible analysis of the “White City” at the Chicago World’s Fair, that I found most revelatory. In a series of thoughtfully-constructed and highly readable chapters, Trachtenberg explains how nearly all elements of late 19th-century Ttachtenberg life — everything from U.
Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Jul 27, Vicki rated it liked it Recommended to Vicki by: Reformers sought to redeem the cities, perceiving them as a negative influence on society. For some, the goal of culture is to pull the lower classes out of their vulgarity. 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.
Still other Americans, upset with the trend of industrialization, withdrew into antimodern art and spiritualism.
Trachtenberg also looks at the ways in which the old, Emersonian sense of American promise was replaced by the fear amongst older elites that “republican virtue” and Protestant ascendancy would be replaced by a “European” world of urban class conflict.
That said, today it feels a bit dated and myopic– particularly on questions of race and class. This book illuminates the major cultural cleavages of a tumultuous age. Dec 19, Greg Akins rated it liked it. This is both ironic and tragic in two ways.
For example, in the chapter on urban life, Trachtenberg also talks extensively about the role of newspapers in creating a sense of alienation from the real by presenting contemporary events as spectacle.
The book was pertinent enough in the early s, and it’s all the more worth reading now. No eBook available Macmillan Amazon. The end result was significant changes in the distribution of knowledge and mechanized mode of thought.
Sign In or Create an Account. Like there’s a lot of mentioning of the fight over who’s going to the architect of the Chicago World’s Fair. References to this book Reconstructing Womanhood: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age American century series.
Trachtenberg’s main contention is that the growing number and power of large corporations tore America away from its familiar values, and these changes incorporxtion themselves sharply in cultural elements of society. This book examine the origin of the conflict between individualism and corporation; a conflict which “still persists”. In America’s westward expansion, labor 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.
Mar 06, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
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Slavery after Rome, — 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 fairly obvious to most observers and well-trodden in the historiography. It is densely analytical but remains an impressively readable narrative through its logical organization and smooth transitions.
In odd pages, one cannot intelligently explicate the historical reality, “”cultural myths,”” and selected interpretations of: Books by Alan Trachtenberg. This oversight is particularly strong in the sections on department stores and labor culture.
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It doesn’t come across as related as he thinks it is, both because it’s too cursory and because of some other reasons that I’ll never take the time to ascertain. There’s definitely has a lot material here if Trachtenberg gets kind of lost here.
trachteenberg In America’s westward expansion, inorporation 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.
Chapter 4 explores the role of the city in further entrenching American incorporation. Arthur rated it liked it Feb 17, Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The final chapter is the White City about the World’s Columbian Exposition as the “symbolic terminus change from a community based on equality to one based on consumption.
Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? 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.