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Gilded Age Pathfinder



Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL)

H.H. Holmes Biography

Digital History - Overview of the Gilded Age

"The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics" by Thomas G. West and William A. Schambra

Murder by Gaslight: A compendium of information, resources, and discussion on notable nineteenth century American murders.

H.H. Holmes: Master of Illusion

Crime Museum: H.H. Holmes

Building Chicago

Make Big Plans: Vision of an American  Metropolis

World's Columbian Exposition of 1893

History in the Headlines:7 Things You May Not Know About the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

Crime Museum: 9 Early Warning Signs for Serial Killers


Newspaper Articles

"Gilded Once More" by Paul Krugman

"A New Gilded Age Threatens the State of Our Union" by Howard Fineman

Contemporary articles on H.H. Holmes (Herman Webster Mudgett)  from The New York Times

We're Living in a Modern Gilded Age

Are We Living in the Second Gilded Age?

Are We Living in a New Gilded Age?

Gilded Age II

Why We're Not in a Gilded Age

H.H. Holmes: One of America’s First Recorded Serial Murderers

Chicago's World's Fair of 1893:  Marketing the Modern Imaginary of the City and Urban Everyday Life Through Representation by Cesare Silla


Magazine Articles

11 Vintage Photos from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

Serial Killer H.H. Holmes' Body Exhumed: What We Know



Academic Articles

HENWOOD, DOUG. "Our Gilded Age. (Cover Story)." Nation 286.25 (2008): 14. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

Goldman, David. "Castle Of Horror: The Gruesome Story Of H.H. Holmes." Biography 7.5 (2003): 28. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

Simon, Robert I. "Serial Killers, Evil, And Us." National Forum 80.4 (2000): 23. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

Belsie, Laurent. "The New Gilded Age." Christian Science Monitor 29 Oct. 1998: B1. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

SMITH, CARL. "Taming The Savage City." Humanities 30.5 (2009): 28. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

Miller, Donald L. "The White City." American Heritage 44.4 (1993): 70. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

The World’s Columbian Exposition’s Lasting Effect on Chicago by Tamara Wolsk


Misc. Documents

Timeline of Events for Dr. H.H. Holmes

A bigger version of The Great World Fair Chicago Map

Discussion Questions



An interview with the author, Erik Larson

Another interview with Eric Larson on The Devil in the White City can be found at Booknotes

Schneider, Martin, and Jeff Zaleski. "Murder At The World's Fair." Publishers Weekly 249.50 (2002): 56. Academic Search Complete. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.


Reference Articles

Encyclopedia of Chicago: "The Plan Comes Together"


Books on the Internet

The Gilded Age: 1870-1900

The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers


Books in our Library

Serial Murder by Robert W. Dolan

Devil's Disciple: The Deadly H.H. Holmes by Miller Snavely, Judy

Depraved: the Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered turn-of-the-century Chicago. by Schechter, Harold

Chicago's Greatest Year, 1893: the White City and the Birth of a Modern Metropolis by Gustaitis, Joseph

The Chicago World's Fair of 1893: A Photographic Record by Applebaum, Stanley