Entertainment for Americans throughout history, and especially this century, has been and continues to be extremely important. In the 1900s recreation centered on churches and school. Social functions surfaced in the form of pie and box suppers, revival services, school plays, games, and just family and neighborhood gatherings. The bulk of the population was not afforded the luxury of travel and therefore had to seek the people and experiences of other cultures and places through books. They later were able to use another media. This media came about with the invention of the moving picture show. People were able to see and hear individuals of other cultures that were heretofore impossible. Both men and women could have vicarious romances with beauties of Hollywood and never leave their home towns.
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