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240 premodern, modern, postmodern - Pre-Modern, Modern, and...

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Unformatted text preview: Pre-Modern, Modern, and Post-Modern America What the heck is the difference and why should I care? Pre-Modern America (what we just got through talking about; the Gilded Age) Modernity means many things Adjusting to new economic realities (industrial capitalism) Adjusting to new state powers (federal aid to industry and support in fighting strikes) Adjusting to new values of work and social order Key shifts involve the role of the individual and mass society Pre-modern America really a set of island communities (little real connection to each other) Even the most compassionate of social reforms unlikely to succeed because of diffuse state of the union Modern America builds mass society So What is a Modern Society? A society that WELCOMES: Heavy industry (blue collar, unions, mass produced [steel, cars, etc.]) Use of large corporations Densely urban STRONG respect for authority (often unfounded) Consumer goods mass- produced Culture maintained by a small number of educated elite Cultural Repercussions of Modernity Sense of community and purpose validated by common or mass experiences Jobs all very similar Most homes, consumer goods, and forms of entertainment were part of a large middle-brow culture Easier for Americans to identify certain truths as self-evident Progress (especially through technology), Authority Freedom, Equality Pursuit of Happiness These truths also called Meta- Narratives Big in the 1890s, 1920s, 1950s, and elsewhere for shorter spans...
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2012 for the course HIST 1302 taught by Professor Carter during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.

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