College life as we know it, greeting cards, the coffee addiction, adolescence, shopping malls, eating disorders, rampant consumerism and the resulting outrageous debt - it all started in th 1880's.
I never knew.
I thought most of the cultural and social patterns of today started in the mid 20th century. The more I read the more I am seeing America (post Civil War) has remained very similar through the decades - the same values, same traditions, same mistakes, same problems.
In one sense it is depressing; knowing we had $11 trillion in private debt in 1890, knowing there were adamant Christians calling out rampant commercialism to be undermining the faith and condemning the mind that is worldly, living mainly to see its own pleasures instead of living to please God.
When will we learn?
I'm taking a course on Cultural History of America in 1865-1905. And I thought this was the most mind numbingly boring period of American history!
Everything I stated was from a brilliant book by Rebecca Edwards - New Spirits. It is slow as any history book is, but for me is bursting with new insights and knowledge never covered in mainstream.
By the way, I'm not even halfway through the book. I can't even imagine what's still to come!