Daily Life in the Industrial United States, 1870-1900

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Daily life in the Industrial age was ever-changing, unsettling, outright dangerous, and often thrilling. Electric power turned night into day, cities swelled with immigrants from the countryside and from Europe, and great factories belched smoke and beat unnatural rhythms while turning out consumer goods at an astonishing pace. Distance and time condensed as rail travel and telegraph lines tied the vast United States together as never before.

First-hand accounts from workers, ...

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Daily Life in the Industrial United States, 1870-1900

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Overview

Daily life in the Industrial age was ever-changing, unsettling, outright dangerous, and often thrilling. Electric power turned night into day, cities swelled with immigrants from the countryside and from Europe, and great factories belched smoke and beat unnatural rhythms while turning out consumer goods at an astonishing pace. Distance and time condensed as rail travel and telegraph lines tied the vast United States together as never before.

First-hand accounts from workers, housewives, and children help illuminate the significant achievements of the era and their impact on the everyday lives of ordinary people. Readers will learn of a broad range of personal experiences, while comprehending the importance of the economic and social developments of the period. A chronology, a glossary, more than 40 photographs, and further reading sources complete the work.

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JULIE HUSBAND is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

JIM O'LOUGHLIN is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : "I felt everything get bigger and go quicker every day" 1
1 The city 19
2 The railroad 47
3 The factory and organized labor responses 71
4 Housework, houses, and women at home 99
5 Childhood and family life 121
6 Consumer culture 151
7 Leisure and entertainment 177
8 Education and health care 201
9 Religious and civic life 223
Conclusion : not the gilded age 243
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