Trends of the 20th Century


radio television cylinder disc acoustic recording electric microphone color tv speakers photography b/w color eastman ford philo auto plane jet ships ballon zeppelin trains subway bicycle technology affected all other fields or art, music, politics, law, medicine

Chinese Revolution

last emporer republican governments formed

Mao tse tung marches takes government establishes communist economic systems of production and distribution but retains the republican form of constitutional government

The Chinese Revolution of 1911 辛亥革命

rise of state sanctioned communism


post revolutionary Soviet Union union of republics



Atomic Bomb

atomic era weapons of mass destruction


1918 outbreak

Moon Landing

bringing all technology together for one purpose

first time humans as extraterrestrials

Thurgood Marshall

most powerful supreme court justice ever?

Any U.S. Supreme Court Justice, especially Earl Warren

strong supreme court leaders were more powerful than the presedincy in second half of the century

Tangshan Earthquake (1976)

killed over 240,000 people - making it the deadliest earthquake of the twentieth century


Japan rises as a great force in technology and manufacturing

Rise of Theory of Evolution

theory begins to gain popularity supplanting long established creation'metanarratives

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20th Century Trends - movement of work force from 3rd to 1st sector/libraries and educational institutions/philanthropy

Trends of 1900's nationalism/imperialism

Trends of 1910's ragtime?

Trends of 1920's speakeasies/jazz

Trends of 1930's gangsters/prohibition/communist party/New Deal

Trends of 1940's wwii/baby boom

Trends of 1950's r&r/blue jeans

Trends of 1960's psychedlics/liberation/festivals

Trends of 1970's

Trends of 1980's republicans religous right

Trends of 1990's democrats/digital technology

Life expectancy (years) 47 77
Infant mortality (deaths per 1,000 live births) 100 7
Deaths from infectious diseases (per 100,000 population) 700 50
Heart disease (age-adjusted deaths per 100,000 population) 307 (1950) 126
Per capita GDP (1998 dollars) $4,800 $31,500
Manufacturing wage (1998 dollars) $3.40 $12.50
Household assets (trillions of 1998 dollars) $6 (1945) $41
Poverty rate (percent of U.S. households) 40 13
Length of workweek (hours) 50 35
Agricultural workers (percent of workforce) 35 2.5
TV ownership (percent of U.S. households) 0 98
Homeownership (percent of U.S. households) 46 66
Electrification (percent of U.S. households) 8 99
Telephone calls (annual per capita calls) 40 2,300
Cars for transportation (percent of U.S. households) 1 91
Patents granted 25,000 150,000
High school completion (percent of adults) 22 88
Accidental deaths (per 100,000 population) 88 34
Wheat price (per bushel in hours of work) 4.1 0.2
Bachelor’s degrees awarded to women (percent of degrees) 34 55
Black income (annual per capita, 1997 dollars) $1,200 $12,400
Resident U.S. population (millions) 76 265
Air pollution (lead, micrograms per 100 cubic meters of air) 135 (1977) 4
Computer speed (millions of instructions per second) 0.02 (1976) 700
Computer ownership (percent of U.S. households) 1 (1980) 44

Chinese Revolution


Mass Production

Mass Murder

Space Exploration/Satelite Spying


Civil Rights

Women's Rights

Paleontological/Archaeological Finds


Communism/State Approved Capitalism

Oil Dependency

Destruction of Environment/Extinctions


Atomic Energy

3rd to 1st sector

agriculture to manufacturing to info

water potency diminished ned soap to clean and buy bottled water

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