Pastor E. F. Sherman, conducting services.
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Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) was President. The 66th Congress was in session. A dollar in that year would be worth $10.90 in 2006 for most consumable products.
Only 16.8% of Americans 17 years and older were high school graduates; this number was nearly twice as many as a decade earlier, however. During this year, about 311,000 Americans graduated from high school (more than twice as many as a decade earlier), 48,622 from college (nearly a third again as many as a decade earlier). The median school years completed by Americans overall was 8.2 years, about a month more than a decade earlier.
Immigrants from the British Isles and western Europe (especially the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany)--the so-called "Old Immigrants," most of them boasting a comparatively high level of literacy and accustomed to some level of representative government, who were either Protestant (most of them) or Catholic, were arriving during the preceding decade at an average annual rate of 54,000. The "New Immigrants," those from southern and eastern Europe (especially Italy, what had been the empire of Austria-Hungary, and Russia), largely illiterate and impoverished, who tended to be either Catholic, Orthodox, or Jewish and who had little experience with representative government, were arriving at an annual rate of 292,800--five and a half times as much as the Old Immigrants' rate, about the same proportion as a decade earlier and about half in raw numbers. (The significant overall decline during the decade was a result of World War I.) The New Immigrants huddled together in large cities, such as New York City and Chicago.
More than half of all Americans lived in cities of 2,500 or more.
There were 25 million horses and mules "on farms" in the United States, three times as many as 50 years earlier.
There were 61 reported lynchings in the United States during this year; 53 of the victims were black, 8 of them white. (Apparently what terrible things that happened to Native Americans or to Asians did not get counted.) The annual average number of lynchings of blacks during the six-year period 1914-1920 was 64.
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The 54-year-old Syrian Protestant College in Beirut, Lebanon, changed its name to American University.
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