Civil War: The Rise of Popular Culture in the 19th Century



Several factors came together in the middle of the 19th century that led to the rise of new forms of popular culture. Technological advancements made newspapers, photographs, cartoons, sheet music and lithographs relatively inexpensive to produce. A rising middle class had disposable income and a strong desire for items that would allow them to copy their wealthier role models. The onset of the Civil War spurred demand for information as well as a shift to wartime content. Visual images, not dependent on literacy, and available to the working classes, were increasingly desired. Everything that was produced had a point of view, a perspective and often a definite bias. This is 1 of 27 lessons in the unit.

Material Type:
Curriculum Unit
Grade Level:
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Civil War & Reconstruction (1850-1877), Development of Industrial United States (1870-1900)
United States, North America
Time Period:
1850-1877, 1870-1900