The Victorian Era, named for Great Britain’s Queen Victoria, was a time of tremendous change in both America and Europe. Inventions like electric light, the vacuum cleaner, and even the first electric iron, made life easier for many Americans. They had more time for recreation, art, and literature. For the first time, America artists and writers gained prominence. John Adams, second president of the United States, wrote to his wife, Abigail, “I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.” During the Victorian Era, his prediction seemed to come true.
Questions and Answers
Question: Did everyone in America enjoy this prosperity?
Answer: No. People in rural farming communities continued to live simple, hard-working lives, although they might not have considered themselves disadvantaged. They tended to view city folks as being frivolous or silly.
Visit BBC to read stories about children in Britain during the Victorian Age.
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