In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution
improved the American standard of living in ways previously
unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, home
appliances, motor vehicles, air travel, air conditioning, and
television transformed households and workplaces. With medical
advances, life expectancy between 1870 and 1970 grew from
forty-five to seventy-two years. Weaving together a vivid
narrative, historical... more...