Victorian America: Transformations In Everyday Life, 1876-1915 Edit
A breezy, approachable book, focusing on the colorful culture and history of the late 19th/early 20th century. Chapters are organized by cultural practices, such as "Working", "Playing", "Striving", "Moving", "Communicating", "Comsuming" and "Living and Dying". These chapters are punctuated by 3 examinations of U.S. Expos, namely the Cenntenial Expo in Philadelphia (1876), the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago (1893) and the Panana-Pacific Expo, San Francisco. The structural provides a pleasant alternative to strictly chronological history, and does a good job of offer a portrait of the age. Special emphasis is given to material culture, and to depicting broad ways of living over specific accounts of cultural leaders (such as those who ranked among the Progressives).