Victorian values dominated American social life for much of the 19th century. It was a period of great change in the world due to new inventions, scientific discoveries, and social change.
The notion of separate spheres of life for men and women was commonplace. The male sphere included wage work and politics, while the female sphere involved childrearing and domestic work. Industrialization and urbanization brought new challenges to Victorian values. Men grew weary of toiling tireless hours and yearned for the blossoming leisure opportunities of the age. Women were becoming more educated, but upon graduation found themselves shut out of many professions. The Victorian Era is considered to have taken place from June 20, 1837 until January 22, 1901. It was the time in British history that Alexandrina Victoria was the Queen of England. By the time she passed, Queen Victoria had served longer than any other monarch in British history.
Victorian Era Timeline
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