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Introduction to Working Class Leisure
Introduction to Working Class Leisure
As young immigrant girls entered the workforce in large numbers, they became the vanguard of commercialized leisure opportunities. Meanwhile, the saloon remained the centerpiece of the male-oriented camaraderie.
 
The Dance Craze
The Dance Craze
The most important form of leisure for young working class women was dancing, and the country's urban areas embraced a full-scale dance craze in the early 1900s. Ragtime and the various animal dances, deemed vulgar by the uptight Puritan middle class, ruled the day.
 
The Coney Island Excursion
The Coney Island Excursion
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Commercialized leisure saw the rise of the specialized amusement park, and none were as famous as those at Coney Island.
 
Motion Pictures
The Rise of the Motion Picture Industry
A major paradigm shift in entertainment occurred when Thomas Edison's motion picture technology, which he had envisioned as a means of improving education, instead became the entertainment choice of the masses, fully embraced first by nation's urban immigrant working class
 
Baseball
Baseball
America's pastime was enormously popular at the turn of the century, when the American League was formed and the modern World Series was created. It was the dead-ball era, when players went for hits rather than home runs. The era ended in 1919 with the emergence of Babe Ruth
 
Consumerism
Consumerism
This section contains several household catalogues to give the viewer an idea of the available goods and their prices during the early 1900s
 
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