By Noel J Kent
The various key concerns in regards to the usa as we input the twenty first century have been already taking form as we entered the 20 th century. enterprise 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 negative, unstable inventory industry costs, homelessness within the towns, the risks of immigration, and the domination of cash in elections -- most of these significant nationwide concerns in 1900 are primary in a few shape to american citizens this day. The state grappled for the 1st time with a sequence of complicated new demanding situations: distribution of wealth and financial chance; the shape race and ethnic kinfolk may still absorb a rustic of accelerating variety; the connection among immense company and govt; how the USA, as a brand new international strength, should still act out of the country; and a number of others. Written in a fluid and hugely readable kind, Kent's ten chapters include a colourful narrative historical past of the key occasions of this pivotal yr that maintains to resonate a century later.
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Rumblings of war with Germany, then Chile, and finally Great Britain were heard, and there were moments when a visceral, evangelical American nationalism seemed anxious to take on anybody or everybody. S. battleship Maine. Washington would dictate the island’s future or there would be war. S. 18 Ultimately, the New Industrial Order handily survived the challenges of the nineties. A turning point was the decisive triumph of Republican William McKinley over William Jennings Bryan’s free silver crusade in the 1896 presidential election.
From Seattle, a base for mining, the Alaska gold rush, and export of lumber overseas, came reports of “a record breaking production in nearly all lines of business and industry. ” In other cities, too, companies had long backlogs. Personal debt and business inventories were at their lowest levels in years. 12 And jobs seemed plentiful enough. Arizona copper mines, Carolina textile mills, and Massachussets shoe factories were all hiring. Some manufacturers even noted a lack of skilled employees, and railroads complained of a dearth of workers to help maintain and expand their facilities.
My thanks to the staffs of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Wisconsin State Historical Society, the Oregon State University Library, Portland State University Library, Honolulu and Seattle Public Libraries, the Hagley Museum, the University of Wisconsin—Madison Library, the University of Washington Library, and the Bancroft Library at the University of California Berkeley for their patient and gracious treatment of an often confused stranger who wandered into their midst.
America in 1900 by Noel J Kent