Electronic Theses and Dissertations

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Open Access Thesis

Keywords

Becker, August F., 1900-1955; Criminals--Iowa--Biography; Iowa--Civilization--20th century; United States--Civilization--20th century;

Abstract

In the first few decades of the twentieth century, American culture changed drastically from the traditional agricultural culture that had sustained it for a century to one that was modern and revolved around the urban landscape, consumer culture, and manufacturing. In this thesis I explore this change in American culture through the life of August Becker, son of a rural German immigrant who chose a life of crime instead of staying in rural Iowa. His life choices are the lens used to explore the changes in American culture through the first decades of the twentieth century.

Date of Award

2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of History

First Advisor

Brian Roberts, Chair

Date Original

2015

Object Description

1 PDF file (vii, 91 pages)

Language

EN

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