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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The 1980sUser Review - Douglas Lord - Book Verdict
With Ronald Reagan presiding, the Eighties seemed taken with fads. This not-so-pleasant trip down memory lane reminds readers that popular is a distinctly subjective term. My formative teen years were ... Read full review