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America 1900
America 1900 Family Tree Builder [Other]

Use this genealogy software to organize your own family tree and relate your family's story to the events of 1900. Downloadable feature.

Annie Oakley
Online Poll [Other]

Would you consider the legendary performer a feminist?

Annie Oakley
In a Man's World [Text-based]

Program interviewees talk about a ladylike champion in a man's sport.

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Inside a View Camera [Flash interactive]

Ansel Adams used a view camera to create his iconic photographs of American landscapes. View an interactive demonstration of how it works.

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Early Hiking Footage [Video]

See rare video clips of Ansel Adams' early Sierra Nevada hikes. Three clips.

Chicago: City of the Century
Decades of Immigrants [Non-Flash interactive]

Find out the who, the when, and the why of Chicago immigrant groups.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Dressing the Part [Image-based]

Did women's changing role in society influence fashion, or did changes in fashion influence women's role? You be the judge.

Emma Goldman
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Do you think non-working-class people can promote societal change?

Emma Goldman
An Activist's Evolution [Text-based]

Historians and other experts talk about Goldman's life and beliefs.

Emma Goldman
She Fought the Law... [Text-based]

Browse Emma Goldman's complete arrest record.

Eugene O'Neill
Filmmaker Interview [Text-based]

Ric Burns talks about the O'Neill project.

Eugene O'Neill
Play by Play [Text-based]

See a chronological list of O'Neill's fifty plays.

Eugene O'Neill
Actors Video [Video]

Top Broadway actors perform and talk about O'Neill. Six clips.

Eugene O'Neill
A Controversial Play [Flash interactive]

Learn more about this rarely performed play and why a depiction of physical affection between a white woman and an African American man caused such uproar in 1920s America.

Eugene O'Neill
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Is it cruel to expose family secrets for the sake of art?

Hawaii's Last Queen
Lili'uokalani's Legacy [Audio]

Examples of Lili'uokalani's musical legacy. One RealAudio clip.

Houdini
Houdini Film Clips [Video]

World's greatest escape artist? Sure. Great film actor? You be the judge. View excerpts from a Houdini feature film, as well as clips of his escapes. Four clips.

Houdini
Save Houdini [Flash interactive]

In this game, it's up to you to set a manacled, submerged Harry Houdini free. Be quick, though -- even Houdini can't hold his breath forever.

Houdini
Escape Secrets: Ropes Escapes [Text-based]

How did the world's greatest escape artist make his escapes? Uncover some of his techniques here.

Houdini
Escape Secrets: Handcuff Escapes [Text-based]

How did the world's greatest escape artist make his escapes? Uncover some of his techniques here.

Houdini
Escape Secrets: Straitjacket Escapes [Text-based]

How did the world's greatest escape artist make his escapes? Uncover some of his techniques here.

Houdini
Escape Secrets: Milk Can Escapes [Text-based]

How did the world's greatest escape artist make his escapes? Uncover some of his techniques here.

Influenza 1918
Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Taubenberg [Text-based]

Influenza 1918
Among the Victims [Text-based]

Influenza 1918
City Snapshot: Philadelphia [Text-based]

Influenza 1918
City Snapshot: San Francisco [Text-based]

Influenza 1918
City Snapshot: Boston [Text-based]

Influenza 1918
A Letter from Camp Devens, Massachusetts [Text-based]

A doctor stationed at Camp Devens, a military base just west of Boston, writes to a friend, and fellow physician, of the conditions to be found there as influenza was making its presence felt.

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Poll: Great Feats in Baseball [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Vote on your favorite period in Las Vegas history. When would you like to have visited?

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Life and Lessons [Text-based]

From popular hero -- and reggae prophet -- to advocate of black consciousness; what is Garvey's legacy today?

Mary Pickford
Silent Film Vault [Video]

See star quality in action! Screen clips from three Pickford films.

Mary Pickford
Shoot for Stardom [Non-Flash interactive]

Do you have what it takes to get to the top in Hollywood?

Mary Pickford
Women On Screen [Text-based]

Historians discuss Pickford and women's onscreen roles.

Miss America
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What do you think about the pageant? And what would it take for you to stroll down the runway in a swimsuit?

Miss America
The Changing Ideal [Flash interactive]

Study Miss America through the decades -- and compare her to other American women.

Monkey Trial
Courthouse Tour [Video]

Visit the famous courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee where the Scopes trial took place.

Monkey Trial
Great Speeches [Text-based]

What made William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow great orators? What makes a great speech? Communications professor Stephen Lucas explains.

Monkey Trial
Gallery [Image-based]

Browse political cartoons about Bryan and the trial in this gallery.

Mount Rushmore
Carving a Mountain [Flash interactive]

Mount Rushmore
American Mounuments [Text-based]

Read about the significance of America's national monuments and who or what should be memorialized through them.

Murder of the Century
The Love Triangle [Text-based]

Scholar Paula Uruburu answers questions about the celebrated love triangle.

Partners of the Heart
Living with Segregation [Other]

Investigate the mechanisms of racism at school, at work -- and even at the movies. Text with image and video (five clips).

Reagan
Reagan Museum QTVR: The Early Years [Non-Flash interactive]

Rescue at Sea
Jack Binns Song [Audio]

Hear the turn of the century song, "Jack Binns," which was written shortly after the wireless operator saved 1500 ship passengers with his radio.

Rescue at Sea
Timeline of Maritime Disasters [Text-based]

What made wireless such an appealing activity for young boys such as Sam White? Come find the answer.

Rescue at Sea
The Development of Radio [Text-based]

From the discovery of that strange phenomenon known as electromagnetism to the advent of Digital Audio Broadcasting, radio sure has come a long way.

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Three Generations [Text-based]

Trace the branches of a musical family.

The Pill
Roots of the Pill [Text-based]

Find out about the two remarkable women activists behind the Pill.

The Pill
Margaret Sanger [Audio]

Watch a 16 minute film produced in 1966 by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., narrated by Katherine Hepburn.

The Rockefellers
Online poll: The Legacy of Standard Oil [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Before Bill Gates, there was John D. Rockefeller Sr. Some say he was a ruthless monopolist. Others believe he was a genius ahead of his time. What do you think?

The Rockefellers
Rockefellers at Play [Video]

Join the brothers Rockefeller on a romp at their New York country estate. Four clips.

The Rockefellers
Clash of Titans: Rockefeller vs. Tarbell [Text-based]

Even though they never met, John D. Rockefeller Sr. and his nemesis, journalist Ida Tarbell, had plenty to say to each other. Read their "conversation" on a range of issues.

The Wizard of Photography
George Eastman's House [Non-Flash interactive]

Enter the foyer of Eastman's 50-room mansion and tour some of its magnificent rooms.

The Wizard of Photography
Kodak Music [Audio]

Listen to three "Kodak" tunes from around the turn of the century. Get acquainted with "The Girl from Kodak Town" (3:07) or sing along with "You Press the Button, We Do the Rest" (2:46), or hear about the "The Kodak Girl" (1:46).

The Wizard of Photography
Make a Color Photo [Non-Flash interactive]

In 1915 Eastman Kodak introduced its original Kodachrome, a two-color process designed for portraiture. Using the process as a model, this activity lets you create a color image from two black and white photographs.

The Wizard of Photography
George Eastman: The Final Shot [Text-based]

The Wizard of Photography
George Eastman: The Entrepreneur [Text-based]

Maps

America 1900
The World in the Year 1900 [Non-Flash interactive]

Emma Goldman
Red Emma on the Road [Non-Flash interactive]

Travel with Emma Goldman on her 18-state lecture tour of 1911.

Influenza 1918
Map of how the flu spread throughout the U.S. [Non-Flash interactive]

See how the flu spread throughout the U.S.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Putting Las Vegas on the Map [Flash interactive]

Survey the Las Vegas area and examine highlights of its development. Flash with non-Flash version available.

New York: The Center of the World
Layers of Lower Manhattan [Flash interactive]

See how Lower Manhattan has changed -- from 17th century Dutch fortress to 21st century financial center.

Rockefellers, The
Rockefellers' Mark on America [Flash interactive]

See some of the charitable gifts donated by this extraordinary family, mapped nationwide. Flash version with non-Flash version available.

Primary source

America 1900
First Annual Address of the National Negro Business League, Booker T. Washington, 1900 [Text-based]

America 1900
The Last Speech of William McKinley, Buffalo, NY, 1901 [Text-based]

America 1900
Eulogy in Memory of William McKinley, by Hon. John W. Griggs, 1901 [Text-based]

America 1900
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" James Weldon Johnson, 1900 [Text-based]

Song Lyrics

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Art or Document? [Text-based]

Some people think photography is a fine art. Others see it as a documentary tool. Explore a 150-year-old debate.

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
The Education of Ansel Adams [Text-based]

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
A Magical Union With Beauty [Text-based]

Chicago: City of the Century
News from the World Columbian Exposition [Text-based]

A special edition of the Tribune described the biggest event Chicago had ever seen.

Chicago: City of the Century
Headlines from 1900 [Text-based]

Explore the front page news of January 1, 1900.

Emma Goldman
Mother Earth Magazine [Image-based]

Leaf through the pages of the anarchists' showcase magazine.

Emma Goldman
Speeches, Articles, and More [Text-based]

Houdini
The Margery Pamphlet [Text-based]

In 1924 Houdini wrote and published this exposé on the popular spirit medium known as Margery.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Book Preview [Text-based]

Read excerpts from the companion book to the film featuring a history of poker, the Rat Pack and more.

MacArthur
From Mother's Pen: A Poem of Encouragement [Text-based]

MacArthur
From Mother's Pen: Letter to E.H. Harriman [Text-based]

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Correspondence of Marcus Garvey and Booker T. Washington [Text-based]

Before he left Jamaica for the United States, Garvey wrote one of the best-known African Americans of the day.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Objectives of the Universal Negro Improvement Association [Text-based]

This statement sums up the goals of the organization Garvey founded.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
The Conspiracy Of The East St. Louis Riots [Text-based]

Garvey comments on the terrible race riots of 1917.

Monkey Trial
Monkey Music [Audio]

Enjoy some monkey-themed songs from the 1920s about the Scopes trial. (Six songs, total duration = 15:40)

Monkey Trial
Bryan's Last Speech [Text-based]

Read the speech William Jennings Bryan never got a chance to deliver at the end of the Scopes trial.

Monkey Trial
Darrow Before the Bench [Text-based]

Read Clarence Darrow's plea for the lives of cold-blooded killers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb during their 1924 trial.

Murder of the Century
Evelyn Remembers [Text-based]

Compare passages from Evelyn Nesbit's two memoirs, published twenty years apart.

Murder of the Century
Murder at Madison Square Garden [Text-based]

Read New York Times coverage from the morning after the crime.

Murder of the Century
Stanford White, The Artist [Text-based]

A week after White's murder, The Nation examined the celebrated architect's success -- and his frailties

Public Enemy #1
A Letter from "Hubby" [Text-based]

Read the longing letter Dillinger wrote his wife after almost four years in prison.

Public Enemy #1
A Note Before a Jailbreak [Text-based]

Dillinger contacted his family in the winter of 1934, shortly before his famous escape from the Lake County Jail.

Public Enemy #1
Dillinger Fan Mail [Text-based]

An elderly woman credited God for helping Dillinger escape; read Dillinger's lawyer's reply.

The Pill
The First Clinic [Image-based]

See the notice for Sanger's first birth control clinic.

The Rockefellers
Rockefeller Overkill [Text-based]

A letter to the New York Times from 1905.

The Rockefellers
Rockefeller Family Ties [Text-based]

John D. Jr. and Edith's correspondence with their father.

Gallery

Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley Promotional Posters [Image-based]

Browse a selection of posters promoting Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.

Chicago: City of the Century
Made in Chicago [Text-based]

From the eight-hour work day to the Mickey Finn, browse a gallery of Chicago innovations.

Eugene O'Neill
Gallery: Performances and Reviews of O'Neill Plays [Image-based]

Browse this gallery of photographs from performances of the plays, and read quotes from reviews that were published in New York newspapers.

Houdini
Gallery: Advertising Posters [Image-based]

The following posters, advertising Houdini's performances and various tricks, have been collected by magicians, friends, and fans of Houdini. Each colorful ad displays a different stage of his career, from the early days of performing in the circus to his spiritualism exposés.

Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford and Her Public [Image-based]

Browse photographs of Mary Pickford in the public eye.

Miss America
Gallery [Image-based]

The popularity of the Miss America pageant led to a variety of beauty contests -- many during the 1950s, a golden age for pageants. View a photos of Miss Black America, Miss Color TV and others.

Murder of the Century
Stanford White's Manhattan [Text-based]

Browse a gallery of Stanford White structures in Manhattan.

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Carter Family Album [Image-based]

Browse through this gallery of photos of the Original Carters and their families.

The Wizard of Photography
Gallery [Image-based]

View a gallery of Kodak ads that appeared in newspapers and magazines between the years 1890 and 1928.

Timeline

A Brilliant Madness
Timeline: Treatments for Mental Illness [Text-based]

Alone on the Ice
Exploration Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a 20th century exploration timeline.

America 1900
Timeline [Text-based]

Annie Oakley
The Life of Annie Oakley [Text-based]

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Timeline: Photography and Wilderness [Text-based]

Building the Alaska Highway
Alaska from Russian Colony to U.S. State [Text-based]

Chicago: City of the Century
Early Chicago History [Text-based]

Explore a chronology of Chicago up to 1900.

Daughter from Danang
A History of Adoption in the United States [Text-based]

Emma Goldman
Timeline: Anarchism and Emma Goldman [Text-based]

Emma Goldman
Map: Red Emma on the Road [Non-Flash interactive]

Travel with Emma Goldman on her 18-state lecture tour of 1911.

Eugene O'Neill
Timeline: Eugene O'Neill's Life [Text-based]

Houdini
Timeline [Text-based]

Influenza 1918
1918 Influenza Timeline [Text-based]

A month-by month account of how the flu spread

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Timeline of Joe DiMaggio's Life [Text-based]

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a Las Vegas chronology.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Marcus Garvey Timeline [Text-based]

Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford chronology [Text-based]

Miss America
Timeline: Miss America [Text-based]

Read a timeline of the pageant and American women's history.

Monkey Trial
Timeline [Text-based]

Public Enemy #1
Timeline: John Dillinger [Text-based]

Rescue at Sea
Timeline [Text-based]

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
The Carter Family's Role in Country Music [Text-based]

The Pill
Timeline [Text-based]

The Rockefellers
Rockefellers Timeline [Text-based]

The Wizard of Photography
Timeline of Photography [Text-based]

Tupperware!
Timeline [Text-based]

Zoot Suit Riots
Timeline: Zoot Suit Riots [Text-based]

Zoot Suit Riots
Timeline: Zoot Suit Riots [Text-based]

(in spanish)

Bibliography

Alone on the Ice
Further Reading [Text-based]

America 1900
Further Reading [Text-based]

Annie Oakley
Further Reading [Text-based]

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Further Reading [Text-based]

Around the World in 72 Days
Further Reading [Text-based]

Chicago: City of the Century
Further Reading [Text-based]

Emma Goldman
Further Reading [Text-based]

Eugene O'Neill
Further Reading [Text-based]

Houdini
Further Reading [Text-based]

Influenza 1918
Bibliography [Text-based]

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Further Reading [Text-based]

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Further Reading [Text-based]

Mary Pickford
Further Reading [Text-based]

Miss America
Further Reading [Text-based]

Monkey Trial
Further Reading [Text-based]

Mount Rushmore
Further Reading [Text-based]

Murder of the Century
Further Reading [Text-based]

Public Enemy #1
Further Reading [Text-based]

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Further Reading [Text-based]

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Man Behind Hitler
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Rockefellers
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Wizard of Photography
Further Reading [Text-based]

Tupperware!
Further Reading [Text-based]

Zoot Suit Riots
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Alone on the Ice
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about the Antarctic explorations, life in Antarctica, and the 1959 Antarctic Treaty.

America 1900
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate technology, immigration, foreign policy, suffrage, and racism at the turn of the century.

Annie Oakley
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Take aim at the myth of the West, explore the lives and expectations of 19th century women, envision America's future and its past as seen in 1893 when Frederick Jackson Turner delcared the American frontier to be "closed," and discuss the lives of Native Americans in the late 19th century and as icons of Western nostalgia.

Ansel Adams
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discuss the closing of the wilderness, the American West, California history, Japanese American internment, the natural environment, conflicts between economic growth and conservation of the American landscape, photographs as documentary historical sources, media literacy, and the role of art.

Around the World in 72 Days
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Meet groundbreaking journalist Nellie Bly and learn about the reforms she helped pioneer in American culture and public policy.

Big Dream, Small Screen
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discover the relatively small but innovative Farnsworth Television Company and trace its decline as media giants came to dominate television.

Building the Alaska Highway
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Travel to the American frontier and explore life in Alaska, World War II, the Pacific theater, homeland defense, African Americans and the military, the impact of a wartime economy, natural resource management, and infrastructure planning and development.

Chicago: City of the Century
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study infrastructure topics like canal-building, water management, the growth of railroads, mass transit, and skyscrapers; the birth of modern industrial and commercial methods; the Chicago Fire; the immigrant experience; clashes between workers, capitalists, and anarchists at Haymarket and elsewhere; urban squalor; George Pullman's model town for workers; Jane Addams and the Progressive movement; and the rise of cultural institutions in the late 19th century.

Coney Island
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study the history of cities and technology in the story of a tiny spit of land at the foot of Brooklyn that became the most extravagant playground in the country.

Edison's Miracle of Light
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn how electricity changed American life, and the world.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Read about the social programs championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, and learn about the causes of other first ladies in U.S. history.

Eugene O'Neill
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Gain insight into changes in American culture and society during O'Neill's life; the history of the American theater; audiences and "confessional culture"; and more.

Gold Fever
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Compare the California and Klondike gold rushes, and investigate the experiences of pioneers and gold seekers.

Influenza 1918
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore a forgotten epidemic in America's history, and explore public health procedures.

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about recreation during World War II, U.S. history during DiMaggio's career, and DiMaggio's role as a public figure.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Dig beneath the city's surface to explore organized crime, the economics of casinos, the legal and moral issues of gambling, the history of atomic tests in Nevada, and what the image of Las Vegas means in American society. Read biographies of key figures in the city's development, see maps of its growth, and access primary sources from the era of atomic tourism.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Find out about African American political movements, radicalism and the life of a leader who influenced politics and culture around the world.

Mary Pickford
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Follow the rise of the motion picture industry, women and business in the twentieth century, technological developments, the rise of celebrity culture, entertainment in America, popular images of women and women's roles, and more.

Miss America
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

See the changing roles of women over the course of the 20th century. Topics include the Jazz Age, the Depression, World War II, the Baby Boom, feminist and civil rights activism of the 1960s, the women's liberation movement, women and the workplace, leisure, the rise of television, beauty ideals, individualism, self-image, and consumerism.

Monkey Trial
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate regional differences in American society, community standards for teaching, the separation of church and state, freedom of speech, the judicial system, the media's impact on court cases, the reasons for individual or regional economic success, great speeches and the art of oration.

Mount Rushmore
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Delve into a story of the Great Depression, government and the arts, Native American rights, presidential history, the creation and management of public lands, government appropriations, and memorializing the past.

Mr. Miami Beach
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate how improvements in transportation and an entrepreneurial spirit translate into new cities and resorts, in particular in Florida.

Murder of the Century
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate the story of love, money and social class that became a favorite of New York's "yellow" press.

New York: A Documentary Film
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Embark on learning adventures in citizenship, from New York to your town.

New York: The Center of the World
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore the history of New York City, America's role in the post-World War II economic order, city planning in the era of urban renewal, and globalization and its consequences.

Partners of the Heart
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Download an activity-packed resource guide and explore issues of racism, segregation, and the power of resilience. Also, learn about opportunities for minority students in science and medicine today.

Public Enemy #1
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discuss the national mood during the Great Depression, Prohibition, crime, criminals and the media, folk heroes, and the involvement of the Federal government in law enforcement.

Reagan
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Is government the solution to our problems, or is government itself the problem? Examine the philosophy of a popular but contradictory leader.

Rescue at Sea
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate immigration policies and communications technology in the early 20th century.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore race relations, the Depression, the Communist Party, and regional differences in one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century.

Surviving the Dust Bowl
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about relief programs and farm families during the Great Depression.

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Use the Carter Family's music to explore the rise of the recording industry and celebrity culture, entertainment in America, popular images of poor and rural communities, and the Great Depression.

The Fight
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Use this dynamic sports story to explore the events leading to World War II, the rise of Fascism in Europe, race relations in America in the first half of the twentieth century, sports and boxing history, the relationship between the individual and his or her government, the early years of broadcast media, African American migration to the north, the cultural and social milieu of Harlem, the nature of role models and heroism, and more.

The Great San Francisco Earthquake
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Rattle your classroom with eyewitness accounts of disaster, explore government's role in rebuilding cities, investigate prejudice against Chinese immigrants, and track earthquakes around the world.

The Orphan Trains
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Research the history of foster care in America.

The Rockefellers
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

What happens to families when they strike it rich? Explore the Rockefellers' business acumen, philanthropy, and controversies.

The Wizard of Photography
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

See how George Eastman's invention changed American life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Tupperware!
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate the post-World War II economy, advances in plastics technology and manufacturing, direct selling and business history, women's changing roles in society, women and work, social networks, consumer culture, the American Dream, and the Cold War.