By Theodore Caplow
So much background tells the tale of the earlier via anecdotes, yet anecdotes don't continuously current a correct or entire photo. there's in a different way to examine historical past. the increase of common, systemic info assortment within the 20th century -- the 1st measured century -- permits us to ascertain the earlier 100 years with extraordinary clarity.Now, the 1st Measured Century, a complete well known reference paintings, makes use of social facts to inform us what occurred to daily american citizens within the 20th century. This myth-busting new historical past seriously examines "imaginary trends": Do mom and dad relatively spend much less time with their young ones nowadays? Do humans relatively circulate houses extra frequently? Are american citizens much less more likely to vote than they was? no matter if the subject is politics, sexual habit, economics, immigration, place of abode, housing, durability, or public opinion, the 1st Measured Century exhibits that the proof frequently turn into extra fascinating than the fiction.A particularly commissioned characteristic of the 1st Measured Century is unique 1999 study that builds on Robert and Helen Lynd's landmark sociological learn of the Twenties and the 1st urban survey in the United States, "Middletown". (First Measured Century coauthor Caplow additionally led a workforce that reexamined the "Middletown" learn within the overdue 1970s.) for that reason, the 1st Measured Century bargains the longest time line of constant attitudinal info wherever. The authors use the survey facts to reveal swap and continuity in mid-America (Muncie, Indiana) and in dispel broadly approved notions approximately social switch. probably the most vital alterations the hot examine exhibits is an erosion of social type adjustments -- in values, day-by-day schedules,employment histories, home tasks, baby elevating, and aspirations for the future.This landscape of the yank 20th century unfolds in a chain of key traits, every one defined in a one-page essay written for the final reader and illustrated by means of a number of vibrantly coloured charts at the dealing with web page. the 1st Measured Century is a necessary software for an individual with an curiosity in journalism, economics, historical past, political technological know-how, sociology, demography, public kinfolk, enterprise, the humanities, or coverage. it's a terrific source for college kids of every age and their lecturers or professors.