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A Very Different Age: Americans of the Progressive Era
The early twentieth century was a time of technological revolution in the United States. New inventions and corporations were transforming the economic landscape, bringing a stunning array of consumer goods, millions of additional jobs, and ever more wealth. Steven J. Diner draws on the rich scholarship of recent social history to show how these changes affected Americans ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 5th 1998 by Hill and Wang
(first published October 1st 1997)
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At the turn of the century, America was undergoing a profound evolution. People were inundated by industrial products that would save them time and energy. Railroads whisked travelers to their destinations at sixty miles per hour. By 1920 there would be eight million automobiles. Fifteen years earlier, there had been barely eight thousand. Prosperity was ubiquitous, yet a malaise was creeping through the workforce as the disparity between rich and poor grew ever greater, and the individual decri ...more
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