The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Women's Reproductive Rights in the Progressive Era
The Progressive Era shaped the way we think about women's reproductive rights, and Prof. Barbara Schneider's book Corporal Rhetoric investigates all the ways. It tells how motherhood went from a natural experience to a pathogenic one, how the eugenics movement gathered steam, and how the medical profession changed.
Barbara Schneider, Corporal Rhetoric: Regulating Reproduction in the Progressive Era (2021).
Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty (1998).
Henry George: Land and Liberty
If any figure of the Gilded Age has major relevance on the lives of the working class today - especially those that cannot or struggle to buy a home - it is Henry George. The best-selling author and single tax advocate offered Americans and the world a big idea that could change the way governments tax its people.Essential Reading:Christopher William England, Land and Liberty: Henry George and the Crafting of Modern Liberalism (2023).Recommended Reading:Henry George, Progress and Poverty (1879).Edward T. O'Donnell, Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age (2015).Phillip J. Bryson, The Economics of Henry George: History's Rehabilitation of America's Greatest Early Economist (2011).Mary M. Cleveland, "The Economics of Henry George: A Review Essay," The American Journal of Economics and Sociology 71, no. 2 (April 2012): 498-511. Ramesh Chandra, "Allyn Young on Henry George and the Single Tax," Review of Political Economy 34, no. 4 (December 2022): 766-88.
The Silver Women
Historians often look for excluded voices, and that task is difficult because archives keep scarcer records of ordinary people leading seemingly ordinary lives. When a scholar finds records that can tell a new story it is exciting. Professor Joan Flores Villalobos accomplishes this task in the story of The Silver Women. She joins me to talk about migrant women who transformed the Panama Canal project. Essential Reading:Joan Flores Villalobos, The Silver Women: How Black Women's Labor Made the Panama Canal (2023).Recommended Reading:Velma Newton, The Silver Men: West Indian Labour Migration to Panama, 1850-1914 (2004). Julie Greene, The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal (2009).David McCullough, The Path between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870–1914 (1977).Walter Lafeber, Panama Canal The Crisis in Historical Perspective (1978).