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A Very Different Age

Americans of the Progressive Era

Steven J. Diner

Hill and Wang

The early twentieth century was a time of technological revolution in the United States. New inventions and corporations were transforming the economic landscape, bringing a stunning array of consumer goods, millions of additional jobs, and ever more wealth. Steven J. Diner draws on the rich scholarship of recent social history to show how these changes affected Americans of all backgrounds and walks of life, and in doing so offers a striking new interpretation of a crucial epoch in our history.

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A Very Different Age
1OWNERS, MANAGERS, AND CORPORATE CAPITALISM“We have come upon a very different age from any that preceded us,” proclaimed New Jersey governor Woodrow Wilson, Democratic candidate for President of the United States in 1912. Men now work “not for themselves” but “as employees … of great corporations.”1 Wilson’s words expressed the anxieties of millions of Americans, who watched corporations transform the way they spent their working hours and the way they spent their money. Corporations elevated top managers to positions of unprecedented
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  • Steven J. Diner

  • Steven J. Diner, professor of history at George Mason University, is the author or editor of five other books, including A City and Its Universities: Public Policy in Chicago. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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A Very Different Age

Americans of the Progressive Era

Steven J. Diner

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