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Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University


This seminar will focus on markets, corruption, and mass immigration in the Gilded Age. We will look at the rise of the modern corporation and the first great age of modern technology in the United States. Topics include Edison and the World’s Fair, the Penny Press, Mass Culture, Advertising, and the Expansion of the State.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:

Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887. Charleston, SC: BiblioLife, 2008.

Lears, Jackson. Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877–1920. New York: HarperCollins, 2009.

Travel & Accommodations

The Stanford campus is located in California between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley. Its 8,180 acres reach from the rural foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the bustling Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.

Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Jose and San Francisco airports. There are many shuttle companies providing transportation from both, and taxis serve the Stanford campus as well. You can also reach the University Avenue Station in Palo Alto via the Cal Train. To do this take the #65 bus from San Jose Airport to Santa Clara Station, or the SFO Cal Train Shuttle from San Francisco Airport to Millbrae.

Stanford University provides detailed driving instructions as well as further advice on public transportation and the university’s own shuttle system, Marguerite.

Workshop participants will be housed in on-campus dormitories. Participants will be provided with bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, shampoo, hair dryers, kitchen utensils, etc. Every room is equipped with an Internet connection, but cables are not provided. Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.


Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Travel Reimbursement

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.

Graduate Credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.


E-mail the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

July 27th, 2014 5:00 PM   through   August 2nd, 2014 9:00 AM
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
United States

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Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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