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Manners and Customs (Life in America: 100 Years Ago) Library Binding

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Library Binding: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publications (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791028445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791028445
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,622,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 17, 2002
Format: Library Binding
"Manners and Customs" is the volume in the Life in America 100 Years Ago series that explores the ways in which the Industrial Revolution transformed the daily lives of Americans during the period from the late 19th century to the years right before World War I. Other volumes in this series look at "Frontier Life," "Health and Medicine," "Industry," "Law and Order," "Sports and Recreation," "Transportation," and "Urban Life." Jim Barmeier tells of a time when the word "typewriter" was used to describe a young girl working in an office, not a machine and gives young readers a sense of not only how life was different for Americans during the last turn of the century, but also gives them an idea for while things were the way they were way back then.
Barmeier divides his topic into five topics, some of which go well beyond the scope of what you would think of as constituting "Manners and Customs": (1) Work and Leisure looks at the big changes in America during the Industrial Revolution as women became office workers, and new technology and business practices drove innovations. This transformed not only the workplace, but leisure activities as well. (2) Clothing and Fashion covers a lot of ground, but these things changed repeatedly over the period of almost 50 years that this book covers, so this chapter can only touch on these aspects briefly. (3) Courtship and Marriage will probably be the most interesting chapter to young readers, talking about what these things meant to the middle-class during the Victorian era. However, the treatment is against very brief and there might be more space devoted to illustrations than text in this chapter.
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