The Age of Reform, 1890-1920

The Age of Reform, 1890-1920

by Facts On File, Incorporated




The early 20th-century in America was characterized by technological advancements. Chief among these was the rapid replacement of horse-drawn vehicles by gasoline-powered cars, which necessitated a nationwide network of paved highways and filling stations. Concern over unchecked industrialization and pollution led to a new awareness of nature and the creation of the nation's national park system. As well, the racial land-scape of America was altered by the exodus of large numbers of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North. While U.S. participation in World War I was limited due to a lengthy policy of neutrality, the conflict produced a shift in the country's values that shaped both popular and political culture for the rest of the century, exemplified by the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the vote.

Aligned with the national high school history standards, the new Handbook to Life In America set offers students, researchers, and general readers a fascinating glimpse into the social history of the nation. While most American history sources focus mainly on national events and historic figures, this comprehensive new set delves into the way ordinary Americans lived. Each of the nine volumes examines a single time period in American history and presents a remarkable array of valuable information gathered by historians, archaeologists, scientists, and other scholars. covering everything from the foods people ate and how they dressed to entertainment and popular pastimes, the text in each volume is written in a narrative format, with topics that include family and daily life, social attitudes, religion, education,entertainment and sports, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816071784
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Series: Handbook to Life in America Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Family and Daily Life 17

3 Material Culture 31

4 Social Attitudes 51

5 Cities and Urban Life 67

6 Rural Life 81

7 Religion 97

8 Education 111

9 Science and Technology 125

10 Entertainment and Sports 141

11 Crime and Violence 155

12 Labor and Employment 169

13 Military and Wars 187

14 Population Trends and Migration 201

15 Transportation 217

16 Public Health, Medicine, and Nutrition 233

Index 251

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