The Twentieth Century in 100 Moments: A Visual History

The Twentieth Century in 100 Moments: A Visual History

Heather Rounds

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0760347433

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Experience the twentieth century through the people and events that made headlines--a unique collection of voices, images, and unforgettable cultural touchstones.

The Twentieth Century in 100 Moments: A Visual History groups and explains the most important events of the twentieth century in the United States, creating a textured, entertaining, and riveting narrative. Images from and ideas about the twentieth century are brought into focus through the following five themes. Triumph: Great and rousing moments that signal achievement and mark monumental accomplishments. Struggle: The hard work and long odds that bring deeper meaning to life. Living: How Americans indulge their spirit of playfulness. Celebrity: The people who have captivated America's attention. Discovery: American exploration and invention.

To present this century is to tell the nation's collective story: the country's changing and shifting world views, common experiences, and discoveries on Earth and beyond, all told with the the century's rich visual imagery, photography, and film that tell the story of who we are.

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DiMaggio was forever uncomfortable with his wife’s public role as America’s sex star, and the marriage did not last the year. Soon Monroe began dating and eventually married America’s most famous playwright of the 1950s, Arthur Miller, who later wrote The Misfit for her. This too would end in divorce. Along the way, Monroe endured various traumas. She had two miscarriages, suffered from insomnia and intense stage fright, and developed an addiction to prescription pills. As her situation

colonies gained their independence. Factories began to dot the new nation’s small coastal cities. But industrialization was a slow process. In the early nineteenth century, America was still overwhelmingly rural. A vast majority of the population lived either on farms or in small towns, and most production came from independent craftsmen who worked by hand, often from home. As the century unfolded, the United States urbanized at a steady pace. Cities grew in number and size, and factories became

dialog and absurd situations. Romantic comedies such as Lubitsch’s Trouble In Paradise (1932) centered around oddball couples fighting to make their way and their fortune. And sentimental, inspirational films like those featuring child star Shirley Temple (see page 22) told stories of poor people overcoming the odds to find happiness and some degree of fortune. There were also biting commentaries. The Marx Brothers, among others, specialized in lampooning the rich, whom they often portrayed as

demonstrations, which first appeared at colleges and universities such as Berkeley and Columbia, where students occupied buildings and forced shutdowns. American society was already severely fractured as 1968 began. And then things got worse. Demonstrators in front of the White House following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Library of Congress 192 61240 - 20th Century in 100 Moments_158-205.indd 192 61240 - 20th Century in 100 Moments_158-205.indd 192 Text Job:06-61240 Title:

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