Daily Life in the Industrial United States, 1870-1900

by Julie Husband, Jim O'Loughlin


Explores the effects on industrialization on the daily life of Americans between the years of 1870 to 1900.

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September 2004


Pages 288
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics American History/Culture

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.

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Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. With direct ties to the curriculum and supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes are organized in an accessible narrative chapter format, and supplemented with photos, maps, and other ready-reference materials, Daily Life volumes are ideal sources for general readers and students of world history, United States history, social studies, anthropology, religion, literature, arts, and more.

Each volume provides:
• An exploration of complex eras in history on a level accessible to students and general readers
• Authoritative coverage stemming from the most current scholarship and recent discoveries
• A focus on social rather than political history in key curricular areas, providing an in-depth understanding of the nuts and bolts of daily life
• Interactive, exciting details such as recipes, sheet music, rules for games, song lyrics, and more
Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsChronologyPhoto CaptionsIntroduction: "I Felt Everything Get Bigger and Go Quicker Every Day"The CityThe RailroadThe Factory and Organized Labor ResponsesHousework, Houses and Women at HomeChildhood and Family LifeConsumer CultureLeisure and EntertainmentEducation and Health CareReligious and Civic LifeConclusion: Not the Gilded AgeGlossaryWorks CitedAbout the Authors



[U]ses source material to document a changing period of the Industrial Age, when electric power made the night accesible, cities became packed with immigrants from the countryside looking for work in the new industries, and polution became an issue. First-hand accounts from workers, children and others make intimate these many changes in all their facets.—Donovan's Bookshelf

First-hand accounts, photographs and newspaper cartoons add to the immediacy of this depiction of life in the industrial age.—Reference & Research Book News

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