America at the turn of the century was a country of contradictions. It approached the new century with a combination of optimism about its political and economic future and fear of the rapid changes in social and moral values. These resources will provide access to both primary and secondary sources that reflect various features of life at the end of the nineteenth century.

History & Politics

  • The Spanish American War in Motion Pictures
  • Votes for Women - Selections from the National American Women's Suffrage Association Collection 1848-1920
  • U.S. Historical Census Information
  • Statistical Abstracts of the United States
  • Historical Crime Statistics
  • Drug Policy - 1900
  • Presidential Election - 1900
  • Galveston Hurricane of 1900
  • Chicago in 1900- from the Chicago Public Library

Everyday Life

  • Inflation Calculator
  • The 1900 House
  • Current Value of Old Money
  • Within These Walls: National Museum of American History

Primary Sources

  • The Making of America-U of Michigan
  • The Making of America - Cornell
  • Five Colleges Archives
  • Emergence of Advertising in America

Century Perspectives

  • Predictions of the Future in 1900- PBS
  • New Century Perspectives
  • America 1900-PBS-The American Experience
  • Time 100: 1900 vs. Now- Time.com

Media & Entertainment

  • Baseball Cards 1887-1914
  • American Varitey Stage Vaudeville and Popular
  • Entertainment 1870-1920
  • Touring Turn of the Century America Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company 1880-1920
  • American Popular Music 1900-1950
  • American Popular Music before 1900
  • 1900s Music
  • Paris Exposition - 1900


  • Turn of the Century Fashion
  • 1900 Shoes

Statistical Information

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