By Mark Whalan
With the ebook of this quantity, Edinburgh collage Press closes out its tremendous profitable tradition historical past sequence, which writes the tale of the 20 th century in the course of the cultural and highbrow pursuits of every decade. The 1910s have been quite often ruled via the horrors of the 1st smooth struggle, however it additionally witnessed the flowering of modernism, the beginning of Hollywood, and the increase of innovative interpretations of tradition and society. Mark Whalan investigates this decade via achievements in fiction and poetry; paintings and images; movie and vaudeville; and song, theater, and dance. He comprises specific remark and directed case reviews of influential texts and occasions and comprises chronologies and bibliographies. He considers Tarzan of the Apes, The beginning of a kingdom, the unconventional modernism of Gertrude Stein, the Provincetown gamers, and jazz music's earliest recordings. A concluding bankruptcy explores the influence of the 1st global conflict on cultural understandings of nationalism, citizenship, and propaganda.
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Although state reform of labour laws progressed through the 1900s, the campaign for a federal law on child labour underwrote Hine’s creation and distribution of his photographic archive for the NCLC. Hine himself had a long background in education within various Progressive institutions. He worked in the early 1900s in the Ethical Culture School (ECS) in New York, was well versed in Progressive educational theory by writers such as John Dewey and Ella Flagg Young, and received a master’s degree in pedagogy from New York University in 1905.
Although these differed in many respects from one another, they shared some common features: a faith in the impartial, professionalised, expert view; a belief in social models of progress and improvement (be they economic, racial, or political) which often carried a utopian spirit; a distrust of monied elites and capitalist oligarchy; a faith in a middleclass readership capable of being swayed by rational and by emotive 9 Introduction methods of persuasion; a focus on social cohesion and collective responsibility; and a desire to ameliorate extremes of inequality.
Progressive cultural products from the 1910s form many of its most distinctive achievements: the child labour photographs of Lewis Hine; the utopian feminist manifesto Herland (1915) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Upton Sinclair’s exposés of the American coal and newspaper industries in King Coal (1917) and The Brass Check (1919) respectively; Mary Antin’s best-selling immigrant autobiography, The Promised Land (1912); The Crisis – the magazine of the newly constituted National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and The New Republic magazine, launched in 1914 by two of the decade’s most influential journalists and intellectuals, Herbert Croly and Walter Lippmann.
American Culture in the 1910s (Twentieth-Century American Culture) by Mark Whalan