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Unformatted text preview: society in every respect. Why Should I Care? If the Civil War violently demonstrated that the United States was one nation politically, the technology-driven events of the 1880s and 1890s would draw the nation together economically, socially, and culturally as never before. The America we now know was molded in those years of change. The contours of the society we consider to be "modern" were established largely through the innovations of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Someone born into middle- or upper-class society in the 1880s might very well have been a telephone-using, streetcar-riding, motion-picture-watching, Coca-Cola-drinking suburban teenager by the early 1900s. Starting to sound familiar? And while it's hard to draw a line in history saying "modern America starts here," it's easy to see that by 1900 the historical "them" were starting to look a lot like present day "us."...
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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