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Facts of the First Quarter of the 20th Century

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Facts of the First Quarter of the 20th Century



1900-1909

76,000,000 Americans in 46 states (by the end of the decade.) Policeman arrests woman for smoking in public $46,000,000+ in the U.S. treasury 8,000 cars - 10 miles of paved roads 1900 - Auto deaths 96; lynchings 115 San Francisco Earthquake took 700 lives and cost over $4,000,000 in damage. Average worker made $12.98/week for 59 hours Life expectancy: 47.3 female, 46.3 male - 33.0 blacks

1910-1919
Population: 92,407,000 Life Expectancy: Male 48.4 Female: 51.8 Average Salary $750 / year The Ziegfeld girls earned $75/week. Unemployed 2,150,000 National Debt: $1.15 billion Union Membership: 2.1 million Strikes 1,204 Attendance: Movies 30 million per week Lynchings: 76 Divorce: 1/1000 Vacation: 12 day cruise $60 Whiskey $3.50 / gallon, Milk $.32 / gallon Speeds make automobile safety an issue 25,000 performers tour 4,000 U.S. theaters

1920-1929
106,521,537 people in the United States 2,132,000 unemployed, Unemployment 5.2% Life expectancy: Male 53.6, Female 54.6 343.000 in military (down from 1,172,601 in 1919) Average annual earnings $1236; Teacher's salary $970 Dow Jones High 100 Low 67 Illiteracy rate reached a new low of 6% of the population. Gangland crime included murder, swindles, racketeering. It took 13 days to reach California from New York. There were 387,000 miles of paved road.

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