"The Incorporation of America is one of those historical essays that not only illuminate their particular subject matter—in this case, American culture and society in the last half of the nineteenth century—but deepen our understanding of how we might think about the general question of 'culture' itself."—Warren I. Susman, Rutgers University"This book realizes an ideal often mentioned as the goal of American Studies but seldom achieved: it is a truly 'interdisciplinary' account of American culture at a turning point in our history. Mr. Trachtenberg is not merely a scholar, he is a writer. Reading is a pleasure, not a duty."—Henry Nash Smith, University of California at Berkeley"This graceful venture in cultural history provides a fresh and stimulating interpretation of American society during the last decades of the nineteenth century."—John M. Blum, Yale University
Alan Trachtenberg is the Neil Gray, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies at Yale University, where he taught for thirty-five years. His books include Reading American Photographs, The Shades of Hiawatha, and Brooklyn Bridge: Fact or Symbol. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut.