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The Shape of an Age (Guest Post)

[Editorial note: The following essay by Wesley R. Bishop is adapted from a paper he presented at the June 2016 Midwest Labor and Working Class History Conference at Purdue University. The conference’s theme was “Social Justice for a Global Working Class,” and the panel focused on the question of periodizing the Gilded Age.] The Shape of an Age: The historian’s use of periodization and the question, “Are we living in a Second Gilded Age?” by Wesley R. Bishop In the 1873 novel, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, the novelists Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner wrote, “Beautiful credit! Read more