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 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, unstable inventory industry costs, homelessness within the towns, the risks of immigration, and the domination of cash in elections -- a majority of these significant nationwide concerns in 1900 are accepted in a few shape to american citizens at the present time. The kingdom grappled for the 1st time with a sequence of complicated new demanding situations: distribution of wealth and fiscal chance; the shape race and ethnic family members should still absorb a rustic of accelerating variety; the connection among tremendous company and executive; how the USA, as a brand new global energy, should still act in a foreign country; and a bunch of others. Written in a fluid and hugely readable sort, 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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If such silence signified denial, it also meant that as the United States entered 1900, it appeared to be on a great and irresistible roll. The “splendid little war” with Spain had accomplished everything its promoters had hoped for and more. Clear-cut victory on both Caribbean and Pacific fronts brought a new role for the United States in the global arena. 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.
At the outset of the election campaign, the populist People’s party, desperate to break out of its regional isolation and appeal to a national audience, and swept up in the Bryan euphoria, had endorsed the Democratic presidential nominee. Following McKinley’s decisive victory, the party’s always fragile unity broke on the issues of war and intense divisions over continued alliance with Democrats. ” Yet, the Sturm and Drang of the middle nineties had in some way rent the sublime sense of American faith, optimism, and harmony.
Ready to eat” foods and canned peas were appearing in grocery windows. The identity of male skilled workers was increasingly tied to their ability as breadwinners. Their wives prized the heavy-laced curtains, overstuffed furniture, and bric-a-brac ornaments that were proof of respectability. Skilled Carolina mill town workmen prided themselves on the gilt clock cabinets in their parlors with gospel hymns and “God Bless Our Home” etched on the face, and rag carpets on the floors. On Sunday, attired in suits adorned with heavy watch chains, they attended the local Baptist church with its stiff dose of old-time religion and sin.