By Steven L. Piott
The revolutionary period represented a tumultuous time for americans as they tried to come back to phrases with a quickly rising smooth, city, and commercial society, and eventually the dislocations because of international warfare I. Steven L. Piott's everyday life within the innovative period tells the tale of the way all Americans—black and white, men and women, rural population and concrete citizens, staff and employers, shoppers and producers—contended with new cultural attitudes, continual racial and sophistication tensions, and the ability struggles of evolving classes.This e-book presents a large exam of yank society among 1900 and 1920. prepared thematically, it covers rural and concrete the USA, the altering nature of labor, race kin, pop culture, citizen activism, and society in the course of wartime. acceptable for normal readers in addition to scholars of background, everyday life within the innovative period offers an educated and compelling narrative background and research of lifestyle in the context of wide ancient styles.
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By 1900, however, most of the good land was already being put to productive Rural America 33 use. Over the next 20 years, acreage being farmed increased by only 12 percent. Compounding the problem of weakened expansion was poor productivity. Between 1900 and 1910, agricultural productivity barely increased, and it advanced at a rate of less than 1 percent per year during the first two decades of the twentieth century. With the general population increasing by 40 percent between 1900 and 1920, farm prices began to rise faster than the general price level.
The family water supply usually came from a well, a spring, or a stream. To obtain water, one either lowered a bucket or used a hand pump. For most families, an unsanitary outdoor privy served as the common toilet. Often located too close to the well, it could easily contaminate the family’s drinking water. Poor farm families might also maintain one or two outbuildings in which to keep a few farm animals. Although a renter probably kept a mule that belonged to the landlord, most sharecroppers and many tenants owned very few cows, hogs, or chickens.
Helping out was seen as a natural part of community life. Church worship, which occasionally included camp meetings and revivals, provided opportunity to visit and exchange gossip and news. “Singings” and church services were often all-day affairs and might include a “dinner on the grounds” following a morning service. Families often traveled distances of 10 miles or more to attend a church service and even farther for a revival or special meeting. One individual recalled such occasions as a time for excitement.