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Working Americans 1880-1999 Volume II: The Middle Class


This second volume in the Working Americans, 1880-1999 series focuses on the social and economic lives of the Middle Class. 

This volume captures the struggles of the middle class from the last twelve decades, a vast array of ethnic backgrounds and broad coverage of the nation. Covering jobs in several different types of occupational groups, from an architect to a tug boat captain, a newspaper editor to a minister, this volume provides a unique portrait of the lifestyles of middle class families that is not available in any other resource.

From the wealth of government surveys, social worker histories, economic data, family diaries and letters, newspaper and magazine features, this unique reference assembles a remarkably personal and realistic look at the lives of ordinary Middle Class Americans.

Family Profiles: Profiles examine life at home, at work, and in the community. The highly readable narrative is supported by hard facts and real life situations drawn from diaries, private print books, family histories, estate documents, magazine articles, and more.  These intriguing profiles are further supplemented with information on current events, community issues, pricing of the times, and news articles to give the reader a broader understanding of what was happening in the family’s world and how it shaped their life.

Historical Snapshots: Chronicles major events and milestones, allowing the reader to develop a broader understanding of the time period.

Timelines: Defines the background and key events of a particular issue important to the time period.

News Features: Excerpted from the local media, these interesting articles bring to life current issues in society that affected average working Americans.

Selected Prices: Examines what things cost during the time period, to further enrich the reader’s understanding of how working Americans spent their paychecks. Prices include food items, clothing, jewelry and so much more.

Illustrations: Photographs, news clippings, advertisements, postcards, posters, quotes, songs and cartoons, add interest to each chapter and depth to the reader’s understanding of the world that the family or individual lived in.

Subject Index: Provided to navigate this wealth of interesting and useful information

Working Americans, 1880-1999: Volume II - The Middle Class presents an interesting and useful compilation of portraits of the middle class and will be an important addition to any high school, public, or academic library reference collection.


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