The early 1900s may well have been all about the American Dream, but life in the United States certainly wasn’t all it was perhaps cracked up to be. Indeed, from low literacy rates to poor diets and even poorer life expectancy, there was plenty about our existence back then to make you glad that you’re alive today.
19. Doctors didn’t have college educations
An incredible 90 percent of physicians in early 1900s America never went to college. Instead, they received their training at medical schools, most of which were viewed as “substandard” by both the government and the media. There’s a reason why doctors today must go through such extensive training.