Century of the leisured masses : entertainment and the transformation of twentieth-century America / David George Surdam ; preface by Ken McCormick. [electronic resource]
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
1 online resource
- Leisure -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Leisure class -- History -- 20th century.
Leisure industry -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
- At the end of the 19th century, economist Thorstein Veblen wrote 'The Theory of the Leisure Class.' A century later, the economic conditions in America had changed beyond recognition. Improvements in agricultural productivity led to better nutrition and triggered improved productivity and living standards throughout the economy. American workers chose to take the benefits accruing from economic growth in the form of higher wages, shorter workweeks, better working conditions and increased leisure. This text charts the rise of leisure activities during this period.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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