I read FrederickLewis Allen's book The Big Change.
Written in 1952, it's a fantastic read about how American culture changed from 1900 to 1950.
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My big takeaway: Life back then used to be pretty miserable compared to today. Here are nine things I learned.
1. Things you would never think about today were luxuries in 1900. Like food:
3. Work was pretty awful in 1900:
4. And long:
5. Even when we did awesome stuff, people didn't want to believe it:
7. The car was dismissed as a rich person's toy:
9. Then the Great Depression pretty much destroyed everything:
Go buy the book here. It's great.
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