Daily Life in the Progressive Era (The Greenwood Press Daily by Steven L. Piott

By Steven L. Piott

The revolutionary period represented a tumultuous time for americans as they tried to return to phrases with a swiftly rising smooth, city, and commercial society, and finally the dislocations because of international conflict 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, chronic racial and sophistication tensions, and the ability struggles of evolving classes.This e-book offers a wide exam of yank society among 1900 and 1920. prepared thematically, it covers rural and concrete the US, the altering nature of labor, race family, pop culture, citizen activism, and society in the course of wartime. applicable for common readers in addition to scholars of historical past, way of life within the revolutionary period offers an educated and compelling narrative heritage and research of everyday life in the context of wide old styles.

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Like Louisiana’s Cajuns, mountain people were independent, self-sufficient, and more apt to adhere to a subsistence lifestyle and eschew outside economic forces. The relative seclusion of their mountain neighborhoods provided a sense of security and continuity that sustained a unique regional culture based on a strong attachment to the land and to family and kinship groups. Economic and social activities were largely self-contained, with individual households relying on themselves or their neighbors for both the necessities and 12 Daily Life in the Progressive Era enjoyments of life.

Many rural families moved back and forth from farming to mill work, taking jobs in the off season or trying a mill job for a few years before giving farming another try. 24 Daily Life in the Progressive Era Sharecroppers A step below a tenant farmer, a sharecropper lived an even more precarious existence. To start with, the typical sharecropper owned almost nothing. The landowner would supply a mule, tools, seed, fertilizer, and a dwelling. He also determined the cash crop he wanted grown (usually cotton) and commonly took one-half of the cash value of the harvested crop.

In 1900 there were roughly 40,000 to 50,000 farmers in this category (approximately 2% to 3% of all farmers in the South), who owned from a few hundred to several thousand acres of land. At the opposite end of the spectrum were the sharecroppers and poorer tenant farmers who farmed between 20 and 50 acres. In 1900 almost two-thirds of southern farmers fell into this category. Between these two extremes were approximately 750,000 farmers who worked 100 to 200 acres of land that they either owned or rented.

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