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This is Who We Were: In The 1900s


This is Who We Were: In the 1900s provides the reader with a deeper understanding of day-to-day life in America in the 1900s. Marked by rapid economic, industrial, and cultural change, the early 1900s was a turning point for America. Millions of immigrants flocked to America from Europe, and a new urban working class was formed. It was a decade filled with hard work, dedication and optimism, and most Americans lived, worked and built lives that were better than before.

Personal Profiles: 27 in-depth Personal Profiles examine the lives of individuals and families who lived during the 1900s. Each profile details life at home, at work, and in the community. Profiles also include original tables from the 1900 Census, reprinted exactly as they appeared then.

Historical Snapshots: consists of bulleted lists of significant events and milestones. These offer an amazing range of firsts and turning points in American history, including a few "can you believe it?" facts, such as:

  • banning of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer from public libraries;
  • employment of 1.7 million people in the railroad industry;
  • sentencing of Frank Little to 30 days in prison for reading aloud The Declaration of Independence.

Economy of the Times: This section looks at a wide range of economic data, including food, clothing, transportation, housing and other selected prices, with reprints of actual advertisements for products and services of the time. This is a fascinating look at the economic picture of the 1900s and how the engine that drives our economy has changed.

At the end of the section is a Value of a Dollar Index that compares the buying power of $1.00 in 2016 to the buying power in every year, back to 1860.

All Around Us – What We Saw, Wrote, Read & Listened To: This section includes reprints of newspaper and magazine articles, letters, posters, and others items designed to help the reader focus on what was on the minds of Americans in the 1900s to show how popular opinion was formed and how American life was affected in this decade.

1900 Census Summary & Comparison Data: This section includes actual Census material, including a comprehensive U.S. report that summarizes individual responses along with a Comparison of Principal Cities charts population characteristics in 1900 for many cities, in 26 different interesting population characteristics.

This dynamic new title will benefit a wide range of academic, personal research, and curriculum needs, as both a serious research tool for students of American history as well as an intriguing climb up America's family tree. A truly unique and interesting look at what American life was like from 1900-1909, this volume is an important acquisition for high school, public, and academic libraries, as well as social science and history collections. 


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Pub. Date: March 2017
Softcover: 580 pages
ISBN: 978-1-68217-351-0
Price: $160
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e-ISBN: 978-1-68217-352-7
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