By Vincent Tompkins
Meant as a reference resource for American social historical past, this quantity discusses the folk, occasions and ideas of the interval 1900-1909. After an introductory review and chronology, topic chapters keep on with with subject-specific timelines and alphabetically prepared entries.
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24 • Ruth St. Denis abandons a theater career to concentrate on achievements in modern dance. 50. AMERICAN DECADES: 1900-1909 IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE 1900S 5 Jan. Owen Wister's stage adaptation of The Virginian, starring Dustin Farnum, opens in Manhattan. It runs more than seventeen weeks. 17 Jan. Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard debuts in Moscow. 1 Feb. Enrico Caruso makes his first phonograph recording in the United States. 22 Mar. The first newspaper color photograph is published by the London Daily Illustrated Mirror.
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