The 1910s

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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 ...

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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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"Many works deal with the flavor of the times through pictorial studies. Not this volume. It concentrates on an analysis of various topics and provides advanced essays for the serious researcher."

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"Anyone interested in early-20th-century social or cultural history or popular culture will find this book a proverbial page-turner….Recommended for all general and academic levels/collections."

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An overview of American popular culture as it existed in the second decade of the 20th century. Separate chapters are devoted to advertising, architecture, fashion, food, leisure activities, literature, music, performing arts, travel, and visual arts. Two introductory chapters offer historical and contextual information. The survey nature of the material allows for little interpretative discussion and the text mainly confines itself to description. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Series Foreword xi
Introduction xiii
Timeline of Popular Cultural Events xxi
Part 1 Life and Youth During the 1910s 1
1 Everyday America 3
2 World of Youth 19
Part 2 Popular Culture of the 1910s 45
3 Advertising 47
4 Architecture 71
5 Fashion 95
6 Food 111
7 Leisure Activities 125
8 Literature 153
9 Music 175
10 Performing Arts 199
11 Travel 237
12 Visual Arts 257
Cost of Products 281
Notes 285
Further Reading 297
Index 305
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