Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
United States, 1900 to 1930
Dorothy Justus Sluss
Play in the United States during the early part of the 20th century was influenced by a range of events in the United States and around the world, such as World War I, the Great Depression, and the expansion of the Second Industrial Revolution. The ecological factors affected not only how play occurred but also how play was studied. Although remnants of play that occurred during this time period can be observed on some playgrounds, play investigations conducted during this time are still used as the benchmark for current studies of play. The beginning of the new century was accompanied by an interest in allowing children to express their feelings. Children played at home, in neighborhoods, and for those who attended, at school. Because there were few enticements to stay inside cold homes in the winter and warm homes in the summer, outdoor play was a regular part of a ...