The Rich and the "Other Half" in Turn-of-the-Century America
The "Gilded" World
Includes information on economic and material differences between classes and resulting conflicts.
Thorstein Veblen The Theory of the Leisure Class, 1899--
"plain free vanilla e-text at Project Gutenberg"
or searchable HTML Theory of the Leisure Class at the University of Virginia
or excerpts from Modern History Sourcebook
Turn-of-the-century cartoons published by The Ram's Horn, an Interdenominational Social Gospel Magazine, courtesy of Ohio State
"The Other Half"
"An East-Side Ramble," by William Dean Howells Impressions and Experiences (New York: Harpers & Brothers, 1896).
A website developed as part of the Lower Manhattan Project in 1993.
Riis used sensational prose and photographs to expose the horrifying conditions endured by those who lived in the tenements of Manhattan at the turn of the century. You can read the sequel, "The Battle with the Slum" and other works by Riis at Bartleby.Com. For additional information on Riis, see the Museum Of The City Of New York -- Jacob Riis Exhibition.
You can also use Search Engines at the Lyceum locate additional resources on the web.
Home Page for Lucia Knoles
Department of English, Assumption College
The Search for Improvement in Antebellum America
Project in Progress