America in the 1910s

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What were Americans doing in the 1910s? Dancing the fox-trot, watching Charlie Chaplin in silent movies, and reading Tarzan of the Apes.

Americans also grappled with many serious issues in the 1910s. They debated whether women should have the right to vote and whether liquor should be outlawed in the United States. They also united in patriotism when the nation entered World War I in 1917.

The decade's newsmakers included President Woodrow ...

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Overview

What were Americans doing in the 1910s? Dancing the fox-trot, watching Charlie Chaplin in silent movies, and reading Tarzan of the Apes.

Americans also grappled with many serious issues in the 1910s. They debated whether women should have the right to vote and whether liquor should be outlawed in the United States. They also united in patriotism when the nation entered World War I in 1917.

The decade's newsmakers included President Woodrow Wilson, birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger, pilot Harriet Quimby, and filmmaker D. W. Griffith. They set the pace for a decade of new ideas and new inventions. From Model Ts to Mother's Day, from Tinker Toys to the Titanic, read about this fascinating decade from start to finish.

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Gr 7-10–This well-written, appealing series provides glimpses into life in the United States during the 20th century. Chapters discuss the politics, science and technology, economy, social issues, literature and entertainment, sports, and music of the time and analyze how those factors affected this country's history. The texts are enlivened with quotes and excerpts from primary sources, period photos, and two sets of sidebars. “Profiles” provides biographical sketches of important people and “Turning Points” explains the significance of important events. Both the main texts and the sidebars offer extensive coverage of women and minority groups. A solid choice for readers and researchers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822534372
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: The Decades of Twentieth-Century America Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marlee Richards is an award-winning author of many books for readers of all ages. Her passion is writing about key events in history and the people who made them possible. Richards lives with her husband near Chicago, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Spirit of Change 5

Chapter 1 Three Presidents: 1910s Politics 13

Chapter 2 Over There: U. S. Foreign Policy 23

Chapter 3 Staying Current: 1910s Technology 41

Chapter 4 Rich and Poor: The 1910s Economy 55

Chapter 5 Home and Community: Social Change in the 1910s 67

Chapter 6 Journalists, Poets, and Storytellers: Literature of the 1910s 87

Chapter 7 Bold and Bright: Art, Architecture, and Fashion 93

Chapter 8 Show Biz: Live Theater and Music 105

Chapter 9 Up-Tempo: Music of the 1910s 113

Chapter 10 Fun and Games: Sports in the 1910s 121

Epilogue: The Modern Way 129

Timeline 132

Source Notes 134

Selected Bibliography 135

To Learn More 137

Selected 1910s Classics 139

1910s Activity 140

Index 141

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