Recent social trends in the United States [from volume 2: chapter 18, Recreation and leisure time activities by J.F. Steiner]; report of the President's research committee on social trends, with a foreword by Herbert Hoover ...

An excerpt from Recent Social Trends in the United States, a two-volume examination of the social state of the United States at the end of the1920s undertaken at the direction of President Herbert Hoover. The study covers topics ranging from population growth to crime and punishment and from leisure-time activities to changes in employment and family life brought about by advancing technology. Reproduced here from volume 2 is chapter 18, "Recreation and Leisure Time Activities," by J. F. Steiner. It explores the expanding leisure time of middle-class and lower-class Americans that resulted from shorter work weeks and technological advances.


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