The Rise of the Leisure Class and Conspicuous Consumption

The Arrival of the New Immigrants

The Depression of 1893

Welcome to the Wiki page for Era 6, Part 3!

The Mini-institute on this topic was held on March 12, 2012. The purpose of this wiki page is to allow those who attended the opportunity to pool resources and ideas gleaned from that institute. Feel free to post lesson plans, project ideas, or other ways that you have integrated the material or methods learned at this day's sessions into your classroom. What worked, or did not work? What materials have you discovered were most helpful? Or least helpful? What material (photos, documents, videos, etc) do you wish you had more of? And who has found some to recommend?

If you have never used a wiki before, do not worry. Many have not! Just click on the icon above that says "EDIT" to begin adding your contributions to this project. Do not forget that creating a classroom project based on these institutes, and being observed during the project, can all count towards the completion of your Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Here is the opening powerpoint presentation about inventions, progress, and conspicuous consumption:

Interested in the advertisement slides used in the morning session?

Here are the ones from the 1890s: .

And the ones from the 1900s: .

Questions and issues to consider while using/viewing the above slides: Who is the target audience/consumer? What social classes are targeted, and how do you know? What technologies are invoked? What techniques encourage consumption? What kind of lifestyle do these ads hold up as desirable? What social issues are presented? Is there any evidence a particular economic situation? Of leisure class or conspicuous consumption? Of "keeping up with the Joneses"? How is the world different between 1890 and 1917, as seen through these ads? How do race, class, and gender play out in these ads?

Here is the powerpoint presentation that involved the questions from the immigration examination:

Interested in the immigration maps that were used in the morning session?

Here they are:

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All of these maps were made by taking screen shots from this website here. From 1880 to 2000, you can see, county by county, the number of foreign-born residents, either for all countries or specific ones or groups. I discovered that, in 1880, Anderson county had 64 (of 10,820) foreign-born residents; Sevier county had 9 (of 15,541); and Union county had 4 (of 10,260).

Also, here are the immigration tables that were passed out with these maps: . They were found at this website here, which also contains a good explanatory article and more information about US immigration.

Here are the slides used during the lecture on "Un-gilding the Lily":

And, some extra images of city growth in Chicago, Jewish districts in NYC, bars in Boston, and immigration across the US: