Open Access Thesis
Becker, August F., 1900-1955; Criminals--Iowa--Biography; Iowa--Civilization--20th century; United States--Civilization--20th century;
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
Master of Arts
Department of History
Brian Roberts, Chair
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© 2015 Michelle Lea Becker Smith
Becker Smith, Michelle Lea, "August Becker and traditional vs. modern culture in the first decades of the twentieth century" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 165.