The Gilded Age lasted from 1870 to World War 1, “1900s.” The Gilded Age was a period of fast economic development, but also much social struggle. Mark Twain in the late nineteenth century founded the “Gilded” Age, which means covered with gold on the outside, but not really golden on the inside, for example, tin. This period of time was glittering on the surface but corrupt underneath. In other words, the outside looked beautiful, but the inside looked old and trashy.
The economic prosperity of the 1920s was caused by a couple of major factors. First of all, more people were buying American goods, so booming manufacturing in the country. This was partially due to tariffs on European goods that made foreign import less profitable. In fact the manufacturing output increase by more than 60 percent. The other big factor leading to economic prosperity was technology.
What were the main causes of the Great Depression? The Great Depression, which began in 1929, was a financial crisis that had a seriously negative impact on the whole of the western world. Although it is agreed by most historians that the crisis began in 1929 with the Wall Street Crash, it was not until the 1930s that the crisis took its toll on the majority of the countries involved.
Emerging America Story John Riley grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He had a very rough life as a young kid, his family was poor and consisted of a mom and dad and his brother. When he was only 6 years old his mother and older brother both died of cholera due to bad living conditions, leaving John and his dad Cliff the only two in the family. Cliff worked on the railroad and had served in the Confederate Army in the Civil War. John went to school up to the 3rd grade but had to get a job to support him and Cliff, he got a job as a street sweeper.
The world has seen major shifts in cultural views and behaviors. These major transformations in thinking are called paradigm shifts. Paradigm shifts have happened throughout all of history and the 20th century is no different. The 20th century was a time that saw numerous wars, the world began to explore space, and there were major developments in nuclear power, technology, communication and medicine and health. The culture that began in 1901 was almost unrecognizable to the one that stood in 1999.
As I ponder over my life, each memory seems identical to the other, and I find myself drifting through a reality of similar events that generate the same memories and emotions. Looking back further into my childhood includes memories of my homeland. I remember entering a new world at the age of five, where all of my later memories would be formed. This was when my family moved to the United States from Peru, my native country in the South. The complete change in culture and values truly impacted me when I first moved to Florida, and I reflect over the significant effect it has had on my character during the last thirteen years of my life.
oday is a tumultuous time to live in America. It seems as if every day there is a new natural disaster, riot, call for violence, political scandal, or cultural disgrace. Politics have become increasingly polarized and the gap is still growing. We cannot even agree on the most basic aspects of being American, like standing for our national anthem. So, you might say, what is the solution?
Coming to America Despite the western influence, the Japanese way of life is still different from the American culture (Adler, 2008). The American culture focuses on independence and individualism, in America when a person turns 18 they are considered independent; whereas, the Japanese culture is collectivism and focuses on family (Adler, 2008). In Japan, kids care for the elders so their elders do not need to rely on saving for retirement. In the case of Moto (Cercik, 1992), a Japanese business professional, takes on an assignment in the United States to negotiate a business deal, and Moto understands it takes time and skill to adjust in a different culture (Adler, 2008).
I moved to America when I was nine years old. Even though I did not know any alphabet, I gradually got used to the new environment. Soon, I got pleased about being able to live in America. I especially liked the atmosphere there. For example, when I went to a store, I noticed that everyone was so friendly to others.
Traveling to a different country takes a lot of preparations. From knowing what to bring to figuring out what attractions you wanna see, to understanding their language and learning their culture. Each country has a its very own lifestyle that you need to adjust to. I traveled to Istanbul, Turkey with my family from July 27th until August 1st during summer break. It took approximately 10 hours by plane from Toronto.
The decade of the 1920’s - 1930’s was an era of a drastic change in fashion. Women fashion changed dramatically; however, their hemlines rose , make-up began to get popular, and their hairstyles became shorter. “The notorious flapper girl is known by all and the short sleek hair, above the knee straight shift dress and the boyish figure will never fail to be remembered.¨ (www.catwalkyourself.com) Women had a more masculine look , but playful applied make-up onto their face. They rocked short bobbed hairstyles usually for men, and rebelliously demonstrated them in public. They began to develop a more sleek and slim look in the 1920’s.
The Boom that occurred post WWII ushered in an era of good times for the American people. It was the catalyst that shot the United States out of the Great Depression and provided individuals with economic security. The increase in economic security also led to an increase in American consumption due to the American people desiring to spend their new money. Also, the baby boom led to a change in family dynamic and even further increased American consumption due to the need for industries to accommodate to the new customers and their newly developed “youth culture”. The 1940’s in America were such a great time that it ultimately is better than America today due to the vehemous amount of nationalism that was running throughout America and the