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Innovations of the 20th Century

History Background

The 20th century was an exciting time for discovery, innovation, and accomplishments. printing press The advent of new technologies of communication connected people, such as the mass circulation of newspapers, national advertising campaigns, the invention of the telephone, and innovations for the home.

This was the age of commercialized entertainment and modern sports, such as football, basketball, bicycling, and golf. New modes of transportation were created, like the automobile, expansion of the railway, and the airplane.

In this lesson, students will learn through online newspapers and interactive activities how these creative innovations changed the way we live, filled us with wonder and amazement, and gave us hope for a better future!