Early 20th Century America 1900 - 1920

Reviewed Resources for Students and Teachers


Americana & American History - 

American Revolutionary War - American Colonial Times - General Resources for American History - Historically Important American Documents - Historic American Maps  

The Western Expansion

American Western Expansion General Resources - Buffalo Soldiers Black Cavalry - Chinese Arrival in America - Gold & Silver Rushes - Lewis & Clark - Orphan TrainsOverland Trails - Pony Express

Coming of the Iron Horses  

The Great 19th Century

19th Century American General Resources - 19th Century American Industrialization/The Gilded Age - 19th Century American Immigrants - America's Victorian Age



The Civil War

American Civil War General resources

American Civil War Lesson Plans

The Greater 20th Century

20th Century American History General Resources - American History Early Century - American History 1920s - American History 1930s - American History 1940s - American History 1950s - American History 1960s - American History 1970s - American History 1980s - American History 1990s  

Americana & American History Lesson Plans


1900s (decade) __ An encyclopedic overview of the decade with many links to additional resources. - illustrated - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1900s_%28decade%29 


1900s Timeline - History Timeline of the 1900s __ Annotated timeline of important dates and events. - From about.com - http://history1900s.about.com/od/timelines/tp/1900timeline.htm


1910s Timeline - History Timeline of the 1910s __ Annotated timeline of important dates and events. - From about.com - http://history1900s.about.com/od/timelines/tp/1910timeline.htm


America at the Turn of the Century __ "By 1900 the American nation had established itself as a world power. The West was won. The frontier -- the great fact of 300 years of American history -- was no more."  A good look at this period in American history. - From memory.loc.gov - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/papr/sfamcen.html 


America at Work / America at Leisure, 1894-1915 __ "Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of 150 motion pictures, 88 of which are digitized for the first time (62 are also available in other American Memory presentations). Highlights include films of the United States Postal Service from 1903, cattle breeding, fire fighters, ice manufacturing, logging, calisthenic and gymnastic exercises in schools, amusement parks, boxing, expositions, football, parades, swimming, and other sporting events." - illustrated - From Library of Congress - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/awlhtml/


American Cultural History - Decade 1900-1909 __  "The purpose of this web & library guide is to help the user gain a broad Marion with mother and sisterunderstanding and appreciation for the culture and history of the 1900-1909 period in American history. In a very small way, this is a bibliographic essay. - illustrated - From kclibrary.lonestar.edu - http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/decade00.html


American literature: The Turn of the Century __ General overview of American literature at the turn of 10th and 20th centuries.  You will find several click-to-read articles. - From infoplease.com - http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/ent/A0856587.html


American President: Theodore Roosevelt __ Biographic sketch of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president from 19011909. - illustrated - From millercenter.org - http://millercenter.org/president/roosevelt 



America's Best History U.S. Timeline, The 1900's __ Well annotated timeline for the turn of the century decade. - From americasbesthistory.com - http://americasbesthistory.com/abhtimeline1900.html


America's Best History U.S. Timeline, The 1910's __ Well annotated timeline for the decade. - From americasbesthistory.com - http://americasbesthistory.com/abhtimeline1910.html


Child Labor in America 1908 - 1912 __ A photo essay about child labor in the United States 1908 - 1912 - illustrated - From historyplace.com - http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/childlabor/index.html


City Life at the turn of the 20th Century __ "Imagine the year is 1920 and you are talking with a sixty year-old man who moved to New York City around 1880. Listen as he reflects back on the changes he has seen over the past forty years: "  An interesting first person story. - From eyewitnesstohistory.com - http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/snpim2.htm


Early Twentieth Century American Sonnets __ You will find brief biographies of the authors and examples of their work. - illustrated - From sonnets.org - http://www.sonnets.org/am20th.htm


Having Fun: Leisure and Entertainment at the Turn of the Twentieth Century __ A lesson plan.  "How did Americans "have fun" a century ago? Where did they vacation and how did they get there? In a time of profound social and cultural change, the increasingly mechanized urban environment left many feeling anxious."  The lesson plan is fun too.  goals, procedure and materials. - illustrated - From edsitement.neh.gov - http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/having-fun-leisure-and-entertainment-turn-twentieth-century      

Images of homes from the Arts & Crafts Era __ This was a style of interior and architectural design that became popular around the early 1900s. Images show inside rooms with furnishings, and also one exterior drawing. - illustrated - From arts-crafts.com - http://www.arts-crafts.com/archive/rsimages.shtml


Immigration at the Turn of the 20th Century __ You will find two detailed click-to-read articles about immigration at the beginning of the 20th century, - illustrated - From osu.edu - http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/mmh/immigration/


The Irish American Athletic Club: Redefining Americanism at the 1908 Olympic Games __ "At the beginning of the twentieth century, many intellectuals believed that the American Republic was in danger. Their fear lay not in outside enemies, but in the internal disorder and moral degeneracy which arose from the Industrial Revolution."  Learn how athletics were used to combat this attitude. - From nyu.edu/library / John Schaefer/Archives of Irish America, NYU - http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/aia/newresearch/schaefer01b.pdf


Music from 1900-1924 including Music from World War I (1914-1918) __ You will find a list of popular songs, the  song writer, and the lyrics of many. - From pdmusic.org - http://www.pdmusic.org/1900s.html  


The Palmer Raids __ The "Red Scare" was used to limit freedom of speech of those who disagreed with U.S. government policy. The "Palmer Raids" of 1918-1921 were led by the the U.S. Attorney General. The abuse of power by the US Federal Government is nothing new. - From George Mason University - http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/hist409/red.html


The Panama Pacific International Exposition __ "The Panama Pacific International Exposition was the 1915 worlds fair held in San Francisco, California. Taking over three years to construct, the fair had great economic implications for the city that had been almost destroyed by the great earthquake and fire of 1906. The exposition was a tremendous success, and did much to boost the morale of the entire Bay Area and to help get San Francisco back up on its feet." History, vignettes, maps, attractions, and much more. - illustrated - from sanfranciscomemories.com - http://www.sanfranciscomemories.com/ppie/panamapacific.html


Photographs from the Chicago Daily News __ This collection offers approximately 54,000 images of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News. - illustrated - From Library of Congress - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpcoop/ichihtml/cdnhome.html


Picturing America at the turn of the twentieth century __ A lesson plan. "Students link together the literature and the history of the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. Questions guide students as they study visual documents. Students also read the teacher's choice of two widely anthologized short stories and an excerpt from a best-selling novel of the period."  Goals, procedures and materials needed. - From learnnc.org - http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3446


Ruckus! American Entertainments at the Turn of the Twentieth Century __ A review of a book but the review contains much information in its own right, worth looking at. - From library.yale.edu - http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/ruckus.html


Touring Turn of the Century America __ This collection offers over 25,000 photographs of a wide variety of people, places and events taken from 1880 to 1920. - illustrated - From Library of Congress - http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/detroit/dethome.html




The Turn of the Century __ A lesson plan. "The turn of the century was a time of amazing growth and change for America. The face of the entire world was changing and America was at the heart of the change. Invention, experimentation, industry and innovation were the hallmarks of the turn of the century."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From rims.k12.ca.us - http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/turncent/


The Turn of the 20th Century __ Learn about fashion at the turn of the 20th century with many images and additional resources. - illustrated - From costumes.org - http://www.costumes.org/classes/fashiondress/turnofthecentury.htm


Turn of the 20th century timeline __ A well annotated timeline of major events. - From ccsu.edu - http://www.polisci.ccsu.edu/trieb/turn.htm 


1900s Turn of the Century Music Ragtime, Jazz, Medicine Shows __ "At the turn of the century, the average worker earned twenty-two cents an hour. Sheet music and player pianos began selling in substantial quantities. Sheet music in the 1890s was expensive and it was common to find a copy of a popular song selling for as much as two dollars. After 1900, cheaper ways to print music were found and gradually booming sales brought along the twenty-five cent song sheet."  An overview of entertainment at the turn of the 20th century. - From southernmusic.net - http://www.southernmusic.net/1900.htm   



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