David Huyssen discusses how examining encounters between the wealthy and the working class in Progressive Era New York City challenges our perception of the period’s reform.
Ever wondered what to make of the now-common argument that we’re living in a “new Gilded Age,” characterized by tremendous gaps between rich and poor? Curious how the Progressive Era might be a cautionary tale for the present? Listen to find out.
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David Huyssen teaches at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He is the author of Progressive Inequality: Rich and Poor in New York, 1890-1920.