Lecture at DCC to Focus on 1880s American Politics

January 6, 2010 – On January 14, Dutchess Community College will host Dr. Rebecca Edwards, the Eloise Ellery Professor of History at Vassar College, for a lecture titled “The Lost Decade of the 1880s in American Politics.”

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. on the Poughkeepsie campus of DCC 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.

For more information, call Dr. Andrew Rieser, head of the DCC History, Government and Economics department, at (845) 431-8513 .

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