American Culture in the 1910s (Twentieth-Century American by Mark Whalan

By Mark Whalan

With the e-book of this quantity, Edinburgh college Press closes out its super profitable tradition background sequence, which writes the tale of the 20 th century in the course of the cultural and highbrow routine of every decade. The 1910s have been often ruled by means of the horrors of the 1st glossy battle, however it additionally witnessed the flowering of modernism, the start of Hollywood, and the increase of revolutionary interpretations of tradition and society. Mark Whalan investigates this decade via achievements in fiction and poetry; artwork and images; movie and vaudeville; and song, theater, and dance. He accommodates unique remark and directed case stories of influential texts and occasions and comprises chronologies and bibliographies. He considers Tarzan of the Apes, The beginning of a country, the novel modernism of Gertrude Stein, the Provincetown avid gamers, and jazz music's earliest recordings. A concluding bankruptcy explores the influence of the 1st international conflict on cultural understandings of nationalism, citizenship, and propaganda.

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M. and have enough wages to go out to public entertainments in the evening, which led to the development of a new culture of urban nightlife – this swelling and increasingly powerful class also took hold of the country’s political agenda. For McGerr, the Progressive programme coalesced around several objectives including conservation, ambitions to reign in corporate trusts and ease the growing class conflict in American life, to improve education and child welfare, a commitment to female suffrage, a stress on racial segregation, and prohibition.

He distrusted politicians, reformers and censorious puritans; he revelled in poking his uniquely acerbic style of fun at his two most famous neologisms, the booboisie and the Bible Belt. 88 Like Orwell after him, he knew the political insidiousness of the empty phrase, whether it was from advertisement or president. In one of his sharpest attacks of the time (and after he had faced intense public censure for his proGerman sympathies in the early part of World War I), he lambasted Wilson for his ‘transparent contradictions, [his] gaudy processions of mere counter-words, [his] so vast and obvious a nonsensicality’.

Their cause was assisted by the public outcry over the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in 1911 which took the lives of 146 women, mostly young and many of them immigrants, working in sweatshop conditions for the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in Washington Square, New York. Working on the top three floors, with only one fire escape and with many of the doors locked to prevent workers leaving early, once the fire broke out few had any chance of escape. 48 Other feminist activism focused on the temperance crusade, which made much of the damage that alcohol and the saloon did to the home.

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