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Progressive Era to the Jazz Age, 1890-1920: Home

Selected library and internet resources for research of the Progressive Era to the Jazz Age.


This guide contains information on how to research U.S. history from the Progressive Era to the Jazz Age (1890-1920). Tabs at the top of the guide correspond to types of information you may need to find during the research process.

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"The Progressive Era is a term historians give to a roughly twenty-year period beginning with the watershed election of 1896 and ending with America's entry into World War I in 1917. The Progressive Era is notable for its spirit of political reform, its reassessment of laissez-faire (or unregulated) capitalism, and its scientific approach to social problems."
Source: Encyclopedia of Third Parties in America

"The novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald coined the term 'Jazz Age' retrospectively to refer to the decade after World War I and before the stock market crash in 1929, during which Americans embarked upon what he called 'the gaudiest spree in history."
Source: Dictionary of American History, 3rd ed. 

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