Originally published on Jun 15, 2015
In the period between the Belle Epoque and the Roaring Twenties, middle- and upper-class women in the United States left their parlors for the public square. They organized for the right to vote, ran settlement houses for the poor, pushed for better public education, and fought for the prohibition of alcohol. Less well known was their other new public role in the Progressive Era—as conspicuous consumers.
Originally published on June 15, 2015
Online learning may feel new, but it is only the latest in a long line of technologies adopted by American educators. Faced with a vast nation of diverse people, educators took to the trains and streetcars to meet students in the nineteen century and broadcast classes on radio and television in the twentieth century. The University of Chicago led many of these innovations.