From the end of the nineteenth century through the first decades of the twentieth, the United States experienced unprecedented structural change. Advances in communication and manufacturing technology brought about a revolution for major industries such as railroads, coal, and steel. The still-growing nation established economic, political, and cultural entanglements with forces overseas. Local strikes in manufacturing, urban transit, and construction placed labor issues front and center in political campaigns, legislative corridors, church pulpits, and newspapers of the era.

The Long Gilded Age offers both a transnational and comparative look at a formative era in American political development, placing this tumultuous period within a worldwide confrontation between the capitalist marketplace and social transformation.

Leon Fink is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is the author of Sweatshops at Sea: Merchant Seamen in the World's First Globalized Industry, from 1812 to the Present and The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South.

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