So, I've been looking for information about what life was like in the U.S. in the early 1880s. The novel I"m planning tow rite takes place between teh years 1883 and 1884. However, all of the infomration I've been able to dig up is about extremely particular topics (I'm not very good at Googling; trust me). What I was wondering, is if anyone had any sort of sources they could point me towards that would give me a good idea of what life was like for middle- and lower-class citizens in 1880s America. Along with this, obviously, any novels that are set in the 1880s would be fabulous (reading up on the time period in the form of a novel would help a lot in seeing an actual account of someone's life in those times, as well as seeing some of the language that was used). Thanks in advance to anyone that responds.