By Noel J Kent
A few of the key concerns about the usa as we input the twenty first century have been already taking form as we entered the twentieth century. company mergers, U.S. army intervention (in the Philippines), alternate 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 risks of immigration, and the domination of cash in elections -- these kind of significant nationwide concerns in 1900 are widely used in a few shape to american citizens this day. The country grappled for the 1st time with a sequence of advanced new demanding situations: distribution of wealth and monetary chance; the shape race and ethnic kinfolk should still absorb a rustic of accelerating variety; the connection among immense enterprise and executive; how the U.S., as a brand new global energy, may still act in another country; and a bunch of others. Written in a fluid and hugely readable sort, Kent's ten chapters include a colourful narrative background of the key occasions of this pivotal 12 months that keeps to resonate a century later.
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A few of the key concerns 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 bad, risky inventory industry costs, homelessness within the towns, the hazards of immigration, and the domination of cash in elections -- these types of significant nationwide matters in 1900 are known in a few shape to americans this present day.
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The first conflict since the Civil War thirty years before, it had been a powerful stimulus for reconciliation between North and South. Military parades of returning soldiers and a stream of newspaper and magazine articles kept the victory-at-arms vividly before the public. The United States now held dominion over the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, and Cuba, the Caribbean was an American lake, and the Pacific well on its way to becoming so. ” In fact, in late September 1899, Admiral George Dewey, whose victory at Manila Bay had made him a national cult figure, sailed into New York harbor to a reception unprecedented in United States history.
The Ivies were dominant (the highly ritualized Harvard-Yale game attracting large crowds), but Midwest powerhouses Wisconsin, Michigan, and Chicago were rising fast. Here, like everywhere else, professionalism/commercialism was intensifying. Before the 1900 season, the innovative Princeton football coach Langdon Lea was wooed away by the University of Michigan for the lofty seasonal salary of $3,500. Suddenly, professional golfers and baseball players had celebrity status. At $10,000 a year, a leading jockey earned considerably more than the president of the University of California.
Introduction This study is a looking glass into the United States circa 1900. It is concerned with understanding the nation’s trajectory as the nineteenth century turned into the twentieth, the lives that different kinds of Americans were living, and how various perspectives and myths helped them to interpret and cope with the changes they were experiencing. These changes were profound, indeed. What was locking into place, as the English historian Geoffrey Barraclough has written in An Introduction to Contemporary History (Pelican, N.
America in 1900 by Noel J Kent