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American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

The three decades after the Civil War saw a wholesale shift in American life, and the cause was capitalism. Driven by J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and oth­ers like them, armies of men and women were harnessed to a new vision of massive industry. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities, and legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores.

Prologue: The Capitalist Revolution

Part One: THE RISE OF THE MOGULS

Chapter 1: Speculation as Martial Art

Chapter 2: One Nation Under Rails

Chapter 3: The First Triumvirate

Chapter 4: Toil and Trouble

Part Two: FRONTIERS OF ENTERPRISE

Chapter 5: The Conquest of the South

Chapter 6: Lakota’s Last Stand

Chapter 7: Profits on the Hoof

Chapter 8: To Make the Desert Bloom

Part Three: GOTHAM AND GOMORRAH

Chapter 9: The Teeming Shore

Chapter 10: Cities of the Plain

Chapter 11: Below the El + Photo Insert

Part Four: THE FINEST GOVERNMENT MONEY CAN BUY

Chapter 12: School for Scandal

Chapter 13: The Spirit of ’76

Chapter 14: Lives of the Parties

Chapter 15: Capital Improvements

Part Five: THE DECADE OF THE CENTURY

Chapter 16: Meet Jim Crow

Chapter 17: Affairs of the Heartland

Chapter 18: The Wages of Capitalism

Chapter 19: Tariff Bill and Dollar Mark

Chapter 20: Imperial Dreams

Chapter 21: The Apotheosis of Pierpont Morgan

Epilogue: The Democratic Counterrevolution

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