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    • The Middle Class 10 th Grade American History Learning Target: Explain the effects of the emergence of a middle class and its impact on leisure, art, music, literature, and other aspects of culture.
    • A Higher Standard of Living
      • Could afford more products, modernized homes and clothing
      • Some women began to work outside of the home
      • Public transportation allowed wealthier families to move out of the city
      • Public facilities became more available
      • Health increased=longer life
      • Sometimes referred to as the “Victorian Era.”
    • Women’s Clothing
      • Women’s clothing was extremely heavy and layered-very hot!
      • Focused on the female figure-ie the corset
      • EVERYTHING had to be covered! Even the ankles!
    • Men’s Clothing
      • Depending on what type of hat you wore, determined what class you belonged to.
      • Pants were called “trousers”
      • Evening coats had “tails”
    • Catalogs=Order from home!!!!
      • Middle class women could order items for the home and for the family from catalogs
      • Shipping increased as transportation improved
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    • Literature and the Arts
      • Novelists explored harsh realities of life in America.
        • Focused on exposing slums, poor conditions, discrimination, and morality
        • Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, etc.
      • Aschan School of Painting
        • Represented the vitality of city life
        • Used graphic designs
          • Unlike more traditional paintings
    • There’s a BIG difference here! Van Gogh’s paintings were NOT popular at this time!
    • Education
      • More Americans could read by the late 1800's/early 1900's
        • Newspapers and Literature
      • Public education became available
      • Kindergarten was established
      • Taught skills to be used in industry
      • Many middle class women went to school to become teachers, nurses, and social workers
      • Many separate schools were created for African-Americans
    • Popular Entertainment
      • Amusement Parks
      • Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
      • Vaudeville Shows
      • Spectator Sports
        • Baseball, horse racing, boxing, football
    • Baseball!!!!!
    • Assignment! 
      • Due next Tuesday! (one week!)
      • What is the middle class like today? Make a “photograph” to compare and contrast how the middle class today appreciates art, music, sports, leisure, and literature as opposed to the past. Your “photograph” must contain at least 10 items.
      • You must also include a brief 2 paragraph essay explaining the difference in living and working conditions for the middle and immigrant classes.