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Colonial Middle Class American Life Essay

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Middle Class Americans

American middle class life was greatly influenced throughout 1870-1917. There were many profound changes, however the American industrialization and urbanization were the most rapid and unquestionably the most important. The industrialist brought forth household names that are still around today such as Swift, Armour, Westinghouse, Pillsbury, Pullman, Rocketfeller, Carnegie, and Duke. Due to the rapid movement of industrialization, so began a movement of urbanization. Between 1860 and 1910, urban population increased sevenfold and by the 1920’s more than half of all Americans lived in cities. Along with the cities came more use of electricity, electric lights, telephones, and eventually appliances. Appliances
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For example, there is a side by side comparison of two men; one uses the William’s Shaving Soap and the other “cheap” soap. In the first picture there is a man with a smooth clean shave. As for the second picture there is a man with what appears to be a “blood poison” rash on his cheek. The picture of the clean shaved man has a caption that states, “This view shows face-as shaved daily for years- with the famous William’s Shaving Soap-always soft-fresh-bright and healthy. Not a pimple in over twenty years shaving experience.” As for the second picture with the “blood poison” rashed man, “This view shows the effect of being shaved once with an impure–so called “cheap” shaving soap. Blood poison caused by applying impure animal fats to the tender cuticle of the face.” The message that the William’s Shaving Soap company is trying to send to consumers is, without using William’s soap, other “cheap” imitations can lead to blood Poison rash and alter your appearance. These two ads are just examples of the peer pressure Americans had to deal with during this era. With technology advancing and appliance coming forth rapidly middle class Americans had many crucial decisions to make with the little money they made.
There were many hopes, values, and fears of middle class Americans during that era. Middle class Americans of that era had very strict values. Women did not work; they tended to everyday chores around the homes. For example, women would cook,
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