By Vincent Tompkins

Meant as a reference resource for American social historical past, this quantity discusses the folk, occasions and ideas of the interval 1900-1909. After an introductory review and chronology, topic chapters stick with with subject-specific timelines and alphabetically prepared entries.

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Isadora Duncan opens an academy of modern dance in Berlin. • Variety, the show-business weekly, begins publication in New York. " • L. A. Coernes's Zenobia is the first American opera produced in Europe. 9 Jan. George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tellsucceeds in New York; three other Shaw plays open in New York this year. 3 May The Metropolitan Opera chorus strikes. 5 May The Chicago Defender, the first important black newspaper, begins publication. 13 May Broadway entrepreneur Sam Shubert dies in a railway accident outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Nor were The Eight utterly rejected by the academy. By 1905 each member of the group had been accepted by the Society of American Artists, and Henri, Glackens, and Sloan had won prestige and honors for their work. The Ash Can Exhibition. For the spring 1907 National Academy of Design exhibition, Henri learned that, despite his having been asked to serve as a judge, his paintings were to be treated as second-rate and that none of his friends' work had been accepted. Henri promptly withdrew from the show.

C. Handys Memphis Blues is the first blues song to be written down. 31 IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE 1900S • Mack Sennett is employed by Biograph as an actor-writer; he tries to convince D. W. Griffith that a film about comic policemen would be successful; years later his Keystone Kops prove him right. • The first fully animated film is released; Gertie the Dinosaur stars. 19 Jan. Eugene Walter's controversial drama The Easiest. Way, about a woman who chooses to live "immorally," opens at the Belasco-Stuyvesant Theater in NewYork.

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