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The Resource The Devil in Babylon : fear of progress and the birth of modern life, Allan Levine

The Devil in Babylon : fear of progress and the birth of modern life, Allan Levine

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The Devil in Babylon : fear of progress and the birth of modern life
Title
The Devil in Babylon
Title remainder
fear of progress and the birth of modern life
Statement of responsibility
Allan Levine
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • What should the modern world look like? Who should be its leaders? And what values should it embrace? We have never wrestled over these questions more than in the first three decades of the twentieth century. Allan Levine's newest book chronicles this wide-ranging emotional and moral conflict by focusing on the people who lived through this turbulent era: an array of personalities -- traditionalists as well as progressives, the powerful and the powerless -- who, for better or worse, shaped the contours of contemporary North American society. Among them were anarchist Emma Goldman, prohibitionist and creationist William Jennings Bryan, women's rights campaigner Nellie McClung, and gangster Al Capone. Their personal experiences are set against the heated debate about the impact of immigration, the role of women, the conflict between science and religion, the influence of Hollywood, and the changing attitudes about sex--issues that preoccupied, and even consumed, North Americans of all classes
  • In a lucid though not terribly original account, Canadian historian Levine charts the reform efforts of the early 20th century. Woman suffrage, prohibition, organized labor, regulation of the sex trade-these political movements don't fit neatly into today's red state/blue state categories, but they were each part of the fin-de-siecle vision of a society rid of physical and moral ills. Cities took on great symbolic value: some activists believed cities to be seedy and dissolute; others saw the urban landscape as a place of promise and cultural experimentation. New immigrants flocked to North American cities, and reformers like Jane Addams helped them assimilate into American culture and learn American values (which, as Levine points out, were white, middle-class values). Eugenics was also on the rise; scientists and policy makers alike sought to breed better citizens, in part by sterilizing the supposedly unfit. Levine's rendition of this familiar history is made fresh only by his integration of the U.S. and Canada into one story. Canadians, he argues, often "studied American solutions" to problems that both countries faced. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information
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NLC
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1956-
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Levine, Allan
Dewey number
973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.1
LC item number
.L535 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Canada
Label
The Devil in Babylon : fear of progress and the birth of modern life, Allan Levine
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-416) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The city -- Strangers and reformers -- Suffragettes -- Survival of the fittest -- The red scare -- Booze -- Innovators and innovations -- Sex, flappers, and a shimmy -- The sins of Hollywood -- Fear and progress
Control code
57528532
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780771052736
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Label
The Devil in Babylon : fear of progress and the birth of modern life, Allan Levine
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-416) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The city -- Strangers and reformers -- Suffragettes -- Survival of the fittest -- The red scare -- Booze -- Innovators and innovations -- Sex, flappers, and a shimmy -- The sins of Hollywood -- Fear and progress
Control code
57528532
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780771052736
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits

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