CRRL Picks: Great Lives 2014: Titans of the Gilded Age
Annotation:Biographical approaches to history and culture. All lectures are open to the public free of charge; no tickets are required. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall.
Annotation:Draws readers inside the circle of philosophers, scientists, politicians, businessmen, clergymen, and scholars who brought Charles Darwin's controversial ideas to America in the crucial years after the Civil War.
Annotation:One hundred years ago America's richest man established a dynastic seat, the granite-clad Kykuit, high above the Hudson River.
Annotation:For five decades J. P. Morgan funded railroads, oil wells, and steel companies. He also collected great art and helped the government divert financial chaos. So why was he one of the most hated men in America?
Annotation:The riveting story of two founding fathers of American Industry - Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick - and the bloody steelworkers' strike that transformed their fabled partnership into a bitter rivalry.
Annotation:A century ago, J. Pierpont Morgan bestrode the financial world like a colossus. The organizing force behind General Electric, U.S. Steel, and vast railroad empires, he served for decades as America's unofficial central banker.
Annotation:On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discover a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime are turning up all over New York, but the police are baffled.
Annotation:John D. Rockefeller, Sr.--history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty--is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians.
Annotation:They were the giants of the Gilded Age, a moment of riotous growth that established America as the richest, most inventive, and most productive country on the planet.
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Thursday, March 27, 7:30, noted author H. W. Brands will discuss three "Titans of the Gilded Age": Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, and John D. Rockefeller at UMW Dodd Auditorium