The 1900s

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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The decade, not the century. Business writer and historian Batchelor suspects that historians have acquired a distaste for the ten years between 1900 and 1910 because of the dominance of Teddy Roosevelt and The Progressive Era. He finds much more that was happening concerning life and youth, and such areas of popular culture as advertising, leisure activities, music, and travel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313313349
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Series: American Popular Culture Through History Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,025,924
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

BOB BATCHELOR is an award-winning business writer and historian. Trained at the University of Pittsburgh and Kent State University, he currently lives with his wife, Katherine, in San Rafael, CA.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Ray B. Browne
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Timeline of Popular Culture Events
Everyday America
World of Youth
Advertising
Architecture
Fashion
Food
Leisure Activities
Literature
Music
Performing Arts
Travel
Visual Arts
Cost of Products in the 1900s
Notes
Further Reading
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2002

    Fantastic

    As a high school history teacher, I am constantly looking for sources that are interesting but are also 'good' history to use as resources for the lessons I prepare and as supplementary materials for my students. This book is without question the best thing I have ever come across in my 10-plus years as an American History teacher. Mr. Batchelor provides a well organized, succinct look at a decade in US history that is usually stuck at the very end of the unit on the Industrial Revolution or just glossed over in a unit on Progressivism or Imperialism. The book itself reads very easily and I found myself unable to put it down until I finished whatever chapter I was reading, particularly the chapters on Popular Culture and Everyday America. Anyone interested in learning about a very understudied or misstudied decade in American History need look no further than Mr. Batchelor's book 'The 1900's.'

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