Explores the effects on industrialization on the daily life of Americans between the years of 1870 to 1900.
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.
Acknowledgments Chronology Photo Captions Introduction: "I Felt Everything Get Bigger and Go Quicker Every Day" The City The Railroad The Factory and Organized Labor Responses Housework, Houses and Women at Home Childhood and Family Life Consumer Culture Leisure and Entertainment Education and Health Care Religious and Civic Life Conclusion: Not the Gilded Age Glossary Works Cited About the Authors
Reviews First-hand accounts, photographs and newspaper cartoons add to the immediacy of this depiction of life in the industrial age.—Reference & Research Book News