The 1910s (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 318 pages
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The decade of the 1910s saw the United States rise above strictly European cultural influences as the mixing of race, ethnicity, class, and gender yielded colorful fusions within American society. Historian David Blanke delves into the cornucopia of activities, trends, and events that shaped and enriched the day-to-day lives of Americans in this decade. Twelve scrupulously researched chapters bring to life all of the important aspects of popular culture in 1910s America: from Birth of a Nation to the "Black Sox" scandal, the Teddy Bear to Tarzan, breakfast cereal to the first brassiere. This lead title in Greenwood's forthcoming "American Popular Culture Through History" series shows the many facets of American society merging to form the beginnings of the United States' eclectic 20th century culture. This debut volume launches a series designed to be advanced yet accessible, informative yet fun. Students researching the history of American art, film, literature, music, and sports will be taken beyond the names and dates in their textbooks and learn about the interests, styles, and tastes of past Americans. Series volumes will also include a timeline of significant cultural events as well as a cost comparison list of commonly used items. This valuable reference resource will introduce students to things, activities, and people that enriched and defined the lives of Americans in the seminal years of 1910 to 1919. These collages of culture will enrich the research of high school or college students and help them see how Americans' lives, aspirations, dreams, even the idea of what it is to be American, have evolved in the past--and will continue to change in the future.
  

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Contents

Everyday America
3
World of Youth
19
Popular Culture of the 1910s
45
Advertising
47
Architecture
71
Fashion
95
Food
111
Leisure Activities
125
Music
175
Performing Arts
199
Travel
237
Visual Arts
257
Cost of Products
281
Notes
285
Further Reading
297
Index
305

Literature
153

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About the author (2002)

DAVID BLANKE is currently Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. He is the author of Sowing the American Dream: How Consumer Culture Took Root in the Rural Midwest.

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