Rebirth of a Nation by Jackson Lears
The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 (American History)

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"Fascinating.... A major work by a leading historian at the top of his game—at once engaging and tightly argued." —The New York Times Book Review

“Dazzling cultural history: smart, provocative, and gripping. It is also a book for our times, historically grounded, hopeful, and filled with humane, just, and peaceful possibilities.” —The Washington Post

An illuminating and authoritative history of America in the years between the Civil War and World War I, Jackson Lears’s Rebirth of a Nation was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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Jackson Lears is the author of several books, including Fables of Abundance, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for history. Editor of the distinguished journal Raritan, he is a Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers and writes frequently for the New Republic, Nation, and other magazines.
Published June 2, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 444 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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He examines how the populist dream of a cooperative commonwealth ultimately yielded to the elite cult of manliness and militarism, the pervasive power of capital and a managerial and political class convinced that the nation’s road to renewal ran through empire.

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According to Lears, the same cultural logic that justified lynching in the American South and the conquest of American Indians in the West eventually led to war in Cuba, the Philippines and Europe — and, a century later, to our own mess in Iraq.

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The Washington Post

His is one of many fascinating stories that the eminent cultural historian Jackson Lears tells in "Rebirth of a Nation," his account of the making of modern America in the half-century after the Civil War.

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Bob Hoover NY Times Book Review 4 of 5 Stars "At times, it's not quite clear how these disparate figures all fit into the theme of 'rebirth,' a concept at once highly specific and conveniently broad.

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The New York Review of Books

The contentious decades that followed the Civil War have carried other names—the Age of Innocence, the Age of Reform, the Brown Decades.1 But the title of Twain’s novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, co-written with his friend and neighbor Charles Dudley Warner and published in 1873, captured a...

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