Great Moments in the History of Trash Internet Exploration Learning Name ______________________ Per. ____ Internet information source: http://www.ecomaine.org/PDF/history%20of%20trash.pdf “THE ART OF THE PEDDLER” 1- Why was there no concept of “trash” in the United States during the 1800’s? 2- What roll did “peddlers” play in this pre-trash period? 3- Who were the “swill children”? “TRASH: THE EARLY DAYS” 4- In the American Industrial Revolution, and directly after that period, cities and our county’s middle-class grew at a rapid rate. What did the concept of “hygiene” have to due particularly with this period? “MY TRASH / YOUR TREASURE” 5- During the first few decades of the 1900’s a new type of store/industry was born due to greater consumption by the middle and upper classes of American society. Explain… 6- During the Depression citizens who had money were encouraged to spend it freely. Why? 7- Explain the differences between “stylistic obsolescence” and “functional obsolescence” 8- During World War II the government encouraged, sometimes even with actual laws, a consumption policy the exact opposite of what it had supported during the Depression. Give three examples from this section. “RAMPANT CONSUMERISM TO EARLY RECYCLING” 9- How were the values of the 1960’s counter-culture (the Hippy crowd) different from that of main stream society? (first three paragraphs of this section). “TRASH BECOMES BIG BUSINESS” 10-How had trash collection fundamentally changed by the 1980’s? (paragraph one of this section) “THE REGIONAL AND THE PERSONAL” 11-Sorting trash for recycling used to be an act people did personally for money. What is the new reason?
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