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The 1910s were years of great change, not only in America but around the world. World War I raged in Europe for four long years but never seemed to get anywhere until the United States entered the conflict in 1917. The Progressive movement, which had emerged from the economic difficulties of the 1890s gained strength, giving third party presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt a second place finish in the Election of 1912 and setting the stage for eight years of Woodrow Wilson.

The teen years were punctuated by tragedies such as the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire in 1911. Support for temperance as well as womens sufferage increased steadily, leading to ratification of the 18th and 19th amendments to the Constitution.

With the adoption of strict child labor laws, young people spent more time in school and in leisure activities, playing with new toys such as Erector sets, Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs. America fell in love with the movies, flocking in droves to hits like The Floorwalker, A Tale of Two Cities and the controversial Birth of a Nation. With a reduction in average working hours, we had more time to read popular books such as The Secret Garden and Of Human Bondage. And while taking road trips in their Model Ts, families could record their adventures with the new compact, foldable Kodak cameras.


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 1910s.


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.


Grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy a great classic film.