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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Andrew rated it it was amazing Sep 09, When these are employed, they are quite useful. But, in the end, this is a book about the death of the original American ideology.

A little rambling inxorporation encompassed a lot of peripheral topics. Most importantly, in this fight over values, the state came down on the side of capital to the point of inflicting violence on its own citizens.

Trachtenberg also looks at the ways in which the old, Emersonian sense of American promise was replaced by the fear tracntenberg older elites that “republican virtue” and Protestant ascendancy would be replaced by a “European” world of urban class conflict.

On the one hand, machines represented progress, but they also signified the growth of poverty and poor industrial conditions. Reformers sought to redeem the cities, perceiving them as a negative influence incoproration society.

The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age

A classic examination of the roots of corporate culture, newly revised and updated for the twenty first century Alan Trachtenberg presents a balanced analysis of the expansion of capitalist power in the last third of the nineteenth century and the cultural changes it brought in its wake. First, not only is its conception of culture broad, so is its application. Apr 09, Laura Houlette rated it liked it. This design included strict class segregation and constant visibility of the symbols of the new corporate order, most notably, the department store.


Excellent collection of essays on the Gilded Age and the United States’s transition from a regional to a national, industrialized economy. I don’t share the author’s clearly socialist sympathies, but this book really defines the strengths and possibilities of cultural history. Jul 11, Ja rated it liked it.

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Of particular interest is Trachtenberg’s discussion of the city — especially the advent of the metropolis — as a cultural and transformative object unto itself. The changes during Gilded Age are the foundation of the present era. Likewise, he brushes over the role of science and medicine in creating a class of socially-oriented professionals. Jan 19, Jack rated it really liked it Shelves: If I ever research or write about any of the topics Trachtenberg addresses, the extensive and updated bibliographic essay at the back of the book will be an excellent source for discovering secondary literature.

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To ask other readers questions about The Incorporation of Americaplease sign up. Trachtenberg looks at the shifting of meaning within the American view of labour the ways in which the pre Republican ideal of “free labour”, the ideal of the autonomous skilled labourer who would one day be a proprietor and a property owner was replaced by a view of “labour” as wage work, done by an unskilled and often foreign i.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. I’m quite sure I could have lived the entire rest of my life and never had any one recommend this book to me in causal or non-casual conversation.


Other editions – View all The Incorporation of America: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Aug 25, Ashley rated it liked it Shelves: He then compares this understanding to incorporatin historical record and explores how belief and fact relate to each other. Published February 6th by Hill and Wang first published March Finally, it demonstrates how incorporation and the rise of corporate culture changed the way Americans viewed themselves, their country, and their world.

The department store and the urban marketplace in general, with the help of advertising, which sought to obfuscate the relationship between production and consumption.

Account Options Sign in. The home, the workplace, and the marketplace became incorporated into the urban network designed for production aaln consumption.

However, “The Incorporation of America” ignores race tracytenberg almost completely ignores gender.

It seemed the victory of elites in business, politics, and culture over dissident but divided voices of labor, farmers, immigrants, blacks, and women” In a series of thoughtfully-constructed and highly readable chapters, Trachtenberg explains how nearly all elements of late 19th-century American life — everything from U.