Lecture on 1880s American Politics
Location: Dutchess Community College Browne Hall
The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in Bowne Hall room 122.
Edwards will discuss the 1880s in context of the major events surrounding it: the Civil War of the 1860s, Reconstruction in the 1870s and populism and progressivism in the 1890s. She also will discuss whether the common tagline for the 1880s, The Gilded Age, is an appropriate phrase for the decade.
Edwards earned her doctorate in 1995 from the University of Virginia, and has authored "Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics from the Civil War to the Progressive Era" and "New Spirits: Americans in the Gilded Age, 1865-1905." Her current project is a biography of Mary Lease, a daughter of Irish immigrants who became one of the most important leaders of the Populist Party.