A narrow passage caught my panic-stricken eyes. Quick as lightning, I scurried towards the open deck. I was a 1st class passenger. I should have been on a lifeboat at the moment. Apprehensive shouts around me rang in my ears. A chilly trickle of breeze swept across my neck. Overcoming my fear would be a great task. Even though the air was crisp, I could feel beads of sweat clinging tightly onto my neck, choking me in drowned gasps I could only gulp out of my mouthÖÖ Pleading myself to rush to the pier, I rapidly ran to the door. I was too late. It was bolted tightly. I cautiously raced to the window to call for help. As I can distinctly remember, I could see the immense icicles marring the side of the ship in spiteful fury. I didn't realize it then, but this was the iceberg that would soon destroy my family, and destroy the "unsinkable" ship - the RMS TitanicÖÖ
the 1910's. The 1910's was a decade of entertainment, science, technology,
fads and many more! Some popular interests in the second decade were,
going to the movies, a dance craze called the Tango, and The Saturday Evening
Post. People also enjoyed the abstract work of Picasso and Matisse.
A different type of artist people enjoyed was Stravinsky. In the years
before WWI, there was enormous confidence science and technology. For as
long as many people could remember, inventors had produced one wonder after
another,and there seemed no reason why this should not go on forever. Then
in 1912 came a disaster, and shook this confidence, the sinking of the
shocking event took place along with many others in the 1910ís. This event
changed history forever. Can you guess what event we're talking about?
If you havenít caught on yet itís the Great War, otherwise known as World
War I. WWI sent graves for more than 100,000 American soldiers. To begin
the war, Germany invaded France, Belgium and Luxembourg. The war first
started in August of 1914. The U.S. got involved in 1917, when they declared
war with Germany. There were two major groups, one group would be Germany,
Italy, and Austria/Hungary. The other major group was France, Russia and
Great Britain. The war started when the leader of Hungary being killed
by Serbian terrorists. After that Hungary declared war on Serbia. Russia
and Serbia were good friends and fought for each other. Germany and Hungary
were good friends and fought for each other also. After that more and more
countries joined the war. The U.S. join the war in 1917 for two different
reasons. One reason we joined is because the Germans sent a telegram to
Mexico that said weíll help you get Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona back
if you help us in the war. (Mexico said no) Second, the Germans torpedoed
a cruise ship with 128 Americans.The U.S. pretty much solved the war and
France, Russia, England and the U.S. won the victory of the war. Here are
some interesting facts on WWI. Poison was used for the very first time
which would cause you to burn, go blind and cough. Tanks were also used
for the first time, along with submarines. After the war there were so
many trenches that if you added them up together they would go around the
Earth once. The war was very terrifying.
fashion industry expanded dramatically after the invention of the sewing
machine in the mid-19th century. By 1910, the trend towards looser , lighter
clothing picked up during this time. The popularity of sports like tennis
helped this trend towards comfortable fitting clothing. This was
a big change from earlier decades when women wore tight clothing, corsets,
padding and elaborate decoration. Large hats were popular; the hats were
usually floppy and were further softened by feathers. Women also carried
parasols as essential accessories.
Woodrow Wilson was elected president of the United States in the 1912 election
and held this position until 1920. He also tried to keep America out of
World War I. But when the Germans continued to attack American Ships, he
asked the Congress to declare war in 1917. Whew! What a long wait! America
was dying to fight for rights in the War. He intended to make the world
"safe from democracy." He proved to be a very great wartime leader. After
the war, Wilson was a leading person in the Peace Conference. The League
of Nations was all his idea. Although he urged the Senate to join the League,
he refused to do so. Wilson fell seriously ill in 1919. He retired from
politics, a disappointed man.
Science and Technology
New discoveries were made in science. On February 27, 1912, in New York, Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays when doctors removed a nail from a boy's lungs. On November 8, 1911, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize for chemistry, discovering a new source called radium. No woman had been ever elected to the academe before. Madame Curie, in 1914, opened her own institute dedicated to learning about radioactivity. Marie Curie's hard devotion to radioactivity earned her fame and fortune around the world. Soon, her institute earned her success and was finally built in July, 1914. Sadly, a month later it was abandoned - all the students and workers had gone to defend their country in the war, known as The Great War. Ten days after the war had begun, Marie Curie received a request from the French Minister of War to equip operators for radiographic work. The use of X-rays to detect injuries in the body had already started. Marie Curie found ways to equip cars with the X-ray machines to go where the fighting was. By October, Marie, her daughter, with an operator were at work converting a car into an X-ray van. On November 1, radiological car E was was ready and rolled into action.
There were many
new inventions in the 1910ís some of them I canít imagine living without.
One thing that is very important is the telephone and traffic light. Another
thing that was invented was the refrigerator. Can you imagine life without
a fridge? This one is really funny, the zipper. There were many different
inventions. See if you can find some more.
The Decade Timeline
Portrait of A Decade by Trevor Fischer