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The first decade of the 20th century brought great change to America. We saw the assassination of President McKinley, the first flights by the Wright Brothers and the introduction of Henry Ford's Model T. Improvements to Marconi's spark transmitter meant that ships at sea could communication with stations on the shore. Einstein developed his special theory of relatively, which would lead to great scientific discovery as the century wore on. On the homefront, America went to the movies as great numbers of theaters opened to present the growing number of silent feature films produced during this time. The introduction of home phonograph machines brought music into our living rooms. Eastman Kodak developed the Brownie camera, which brought photography within the reach of most Americans.


Some of the best and most popular literature of all time was created during the 20th century. Each of these works may be read online or downloaded in EPUB format for convenient viewing on your e-reader, tablet or other compatible device.


The tone and flavor of an era is expressed in many ways by the popular music of the time. Press the Music button above to sample the sounds of the 1900s.


Experience the past through documentaries, news reports, informational films and short features. These videos capture a glimpse of the history and culture of the times.