History Department
History Department

H.W. Brands' new book delves into how capitalism changed America

Fri, August 13, 2010
Prof. H.W. Brands
Prof. H.W. Brands

During the 30 years following the end of the Civil War, America as we know it began to take shape. The population boomed, consumption grew rapidly and the national economy soared. In American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism 1865-1900 History Professor H.W. Brands provides a historical account of America’s transformation into a land of consumerism and massive industry.

Chronicling the efforts of such tycoons as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J.P. Morgan, Brands describes how early American capitalists altered the shape of America’s economic landscape.

American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism 1865-1900 (Doubleday, Oct. 2010)

How Economic Brawn Transformed a Nation, New York Times article by John Steele Gordon, Nov. 18, 2010

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By Jessica Sinn, College of Liberal Arts

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