The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Posted by Sherry on 4/18/2016 in 1911, Historical fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

I don’t really want to summarize the plot of this novel because for me it wasn’t about the plot. In fact, as an older teen or an adult reads the book, he or she can pretty well predict what’s going to happen to fourteen year old Joan as she goes from life on the farm […]


1911: Events and Inventions

Posted by Sherry on 9/11/2011 in 1911, 20th Century History Project, General |

All year: The French and the Germans squabble over influence in Morocco. In November, the Germans finally agree to recognize French influence in Morocco in return for territory in the French Equatorial African colony of Middle Congo. The crisis leads to Britain and France making a naval agreement where the Royal Navy promises to protect […]


Reading about The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911 caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, who either died from the fire or jumped to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged sixteen to twenty-three who generally who worked nine hours a day on […]


1911: Art

Posted by Sherry on 9/9/2011 in 1911, 20th Century History Project |

The “Blue Rider” group of artists led by Kandinsky and Franz Marc, has its first show in Munich Germany in September, 1911. This one is called Improvisation 19: Kandinsky also wrote a treatise called Concerning the Spiritual in Art. Here are a few sample quotations from Kandinsky’s writing: “Must we then abandon utterly all material […]


1911: Popular Music

Posted by Sherry on 9/8/2011 in 1911, 20th Century History Project, General |

Mark Steyn on the #1 Hit of 1911: Come Josephine in My Flying Machine. NPR story on the song of the decade, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”: More Popular Songs of 1911: “I Want A Girl (Just Like The Girl)” by William Dillon and Harry Von Tilzer. “(On) Moonlight Bay” by Edward Madden and Percy Wenrich. “Oh, […]


Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Recommended at The Reading Zone. The Triangle Fire was a history-making event in America, and Margaret Peterson Haddix’s historical fiction novel, Uprising gives a good picture of the epoch and the culture that made the tragedy possible and made it influential as a precursor to change. Wikipedia: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York […]

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