By Noel J Kent
A number of the key matters about the usa as we input the twenty first century have been already taking form as we entered the 20 th century. company mergers, U.S. army intervention (in the Philippines), exchange disputes with China and Europe, racial violence, excessive degrees of crime, emerging source of revenue gaps among wealthy and terrible, risky inventory industry costs, homelessness within the towns, the hazards of immigration, and the domination of cash in elections -- most of these significant nationwide matters in 1900 are usual in a few shape to americans this present day. The state grappled for the 1st time with a chain of advanced new demanding situations: distribution of wealth and monetary chance; the shape race and ethnic kin may still soak up a rustic of accelerating variety; the connection among enormous company and govt; how the us, as a brand new global energy, may still act out of the country; and a number of others. Written in a fluid and hugely readable sort, Kent's ten chapters contain a colourful narrative historical past of the most important occasions of this pivotal 12 months that maintains to resonate a century later.
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Nothing really had prepared the country for the full-blown depression that arrived in 1893, the nation’s most catastrophic to date. Goods could not find markets. Agricultural exports to Europe crashed, imports soared, and gold poured out of the country; 15,000 factories and 550 banks closed their doors. Railroads were heaped on the bankruptcy courts like pickup sticks. Three million were jobless and wage cutting was widespread. The market prices of grains and cotton nose-dived and Great Plains farmers by the thousands lost their holdings.
By no coincidence, it was also around the beginning of the twentieth century that the core dilemmas that confront us today were appearing more or less full-blown. ” In that sense, we are still living in the same epoch as the Americans of 1900 (An Introduction to Contemporary History, p. 20). Our travelers in time, in fact, scanning this morning’s headlines or television news would find much that resonates. Charges of monopoly practices against Bill Gates and Microsoft might easily recall the bitter controversy during their own time surrounding the machinations of John D.
In brief, could the society be democratized to provide opportunity for the majority of Americans? • Would Americans accept and draw strength from what they really were—a great experiment in ethnic/racial diversity—and create pluralistic ideas and institutions, or hunker down and seek to remain a “White Man’s Country”? • How was the United States to fulfill its new role as a world power and balance its moral and economic objectives abroad? Each issue posed the quandry of how deliverance, American-style, and balance and national cohesion might be achieved.
America in 1900 by Noel J Kent