The 1900s (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 258 pages
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the so-called quiet decade of 1900-1910 was anything but quiet. Spurred by the energy and progressive attitude of President Theodore Roosevelt and millions of immigrants flooding into our cities, American life saw tremendous cultural and technological change. A healthy economy gave workers more spending money and leisure time to enjoy hobbies, travel, and pastimes, including a new and revolutionary entertainment-the movies.

Providing an exciting picture of American life at the dawn of the 20th century, this volume covers:

* Innovations in technology, such as the airplane and the automobile

*The advent of modern architecture

*The proliferation of advertising aimed at the new middle class

*Fads, games, sports, and hobbies

*Changes in fashion and cuisine

This book also features the burgeoning of the arts, including the school of realism and naturalism in literature, the first truly American music-jazz-and the new performing art that played to American tastes: vaudeville. A wealth of facts, information, and interesting sidelights not available elsewhere makes this a treasure trove for students and interested readers.

  

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Contents

Everyday America
3
World of Youth
35
Advertising
55
Architecture
73
Fashion
89
Food
105
Leisure Activities
121
Literature
143
Performing Arts
187
Travel
203
Visual Arts
217
Cost of Products in the 1900s
231
Notes
233
Further Reading
247
Index
249
Copyright

Music
171

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About the author (2002)

BOB BATCHELOR is an award-winning business writer and historian. Trained at the University of Pittsburgh and Kent State University, he currently lives with his wife, Katherine, in San Rafael, CA.

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