The American 1890s: A Cultural Reader

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Duke University Press, 2000 M07 7 - 468 páginas
America at the last fin de siècle was in a period of profound societal transition. Industrialization was well under way and with it a burgeoning sense of professionalism and a growing middle class that was becoming increasingly anxious about issues of race, gender, and class. The American 1890s: A Cultural Reader is a wide-ranging anthology of essays, criticism, and fiction first printed in periodicals during those last remarkable years of the nineteenth century, a decade commonly referred to as the “golden age” of periodical culture.
To depict the many changes taking place in the United States at this time, Susan Harris Smith and Melanie Dawson have drawn from an eclectic range of periodicals: elite monthlies such as Scribner’s, Harper’s, and the Atlantic Monthly; political magazines such as the North American Review and Forum; magazines for general readers such as Cosmopolitan and McClures; and specialized publications including the Chatauquan, Outing, and Colored American Magazine. Authors represented in the collection include Andrew Carnegie, Edith Wharton, Theodore Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Booker T. Washington, Stephen Crane,
W. E. B. DuBois, Jacob Riis, and Frederick Jackson Turner. A general introduction to the period, a brief contextualizing essay for each selection, and a comprehensive bibliography of secondary sources are provided as well. In examining and debating the decade’s momentous political and social developments, the essays, editorials, and stories in this anthology reflect a constantly shifting culture at a time of internal turmoil, unprecedented political expansion, and a renaissance of modern ideas and new technologies.
Bringing together a carefully chosen selection of primary sources, The American 1890s presents a remarkable variety of views—nostalgic, protective, imperialist, progressive, egalitarian, and democratic—held by American citizens a century ago.
 

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Introduction
1
BECOMING CULTURED AND CULTURE AS COMMODITY
15
The Ideal of Culture Chautauquan
17
Wealth
25
Brief Observations on the Habit of Reading
35
Courses of Reading
38
A Note on Servants Libraries
42
The NovelReading Habit
43
Lynch Law in the South North American Review
220
A Ghetto Wedding Atlantic Monthly
226
The Genesis of the Gang Atlantic Monthly
238
StepBrothers to Dives Harpers
249
5 MENTAL HEALTH PHYSICAL TRAINING
259
The Gospel of Relaxation Scribners
261
From Fashions Slaves Arena
273
Woman and the Bicycle Scribners
288

The Pelican
51
of Womens Dress Popular Science
66
THE IDEA OF TYPES
75
The Modern American Mood Harpers
77
The Provincial from a series Sketches of American Types Scribners
86
The Conduct of Life from a series The Art of Living Scribners
93
Talma Gordon Colored American Magazine
105
The College Graduate and Public Life Atlantic Monthly
117
The Awakening of the Negro Atlantic Monthly
125
The Status of Woman Past Present and Future Arena
134
LABOR
143
Among the Revolutionaries
146
In the Depths of a Coal Mine McClures
156
True Story of American Factory Life
163
A Story of Domestic Life Among the Railroad People
171
Women and Girls in SweatShops Club Scribners
181
WorkingGirls Clubs Scribners
185
4 SOCIAL ETHNIC AND RACIAL STRIFE
195
Club Life Among Outcasts Harpers
199
The Future of the Red Man
210
A Fin de Cycle Incident Outing
291
Physical Education vs Degeneracy Independent
302
On Being Civilized Too Much Atlantic Monthly
306
6 THE PROMISES OF FORMAL EDUCATION
319
in the New South Atlantic Monthly
321
Modern College Education Cosmopolitan
329
The Greatest Need of College Girls Atlantic Monthly
339
The School Days of an Indian Girl Atlantic Monthly
349
Century 61 January 1901 422428
361
The Ingrate New England Magazine
370
The Genius of Bowlder Bluff Scribners
376
7 THE FUTURE CULTURAL CHANGE
387
A Lesson from the White City New England Magazine
389
The Problem of the West Atlantic Monthly
396
The Divorce of Man from Nature Arena
407
Susans Escort Harpers
412
Four Harpers
425
Within an Ace of the End of the World McClures
447
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Susan Harris Smith is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of American Drama: The Bastard Art and Masks in Modern Drama.

Melanie Dawson is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

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