By Noel J Kent
A number of the key matters in regards to the usa as we input the twenty first century have been already taking form as we entered the twentieth 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, risky inventory marketplace costs, homelessness within the towns, the hazards of immigration, and the domination of cash in elections -- these kinds of significant nationwide matters in 1900 are ordinary in a few shape to american citizens at the present time. 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 relatives should still absorb a rustic of accelerating variety; the connection among gigantic company and govt; how the us, as a brand new global strength, should still act in another country; and a number of others. Written in a fluid and hugely readable sort, Kent's ten chapters include a colourful narrative heritage of the foremost occasions of this pivotal yr that keeps to resonate a century later.
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The export boom was only one element of what made 1899 an economically stunning year. The speculative bulls on Wall Street ran wild through the fall, the dollar value of securities climbing by hundreds of millions. Standard Oil directors Henry H. Rogers and William Rockefeller, in combination with the stone-faced National City Bank honcho James Stillman, secretly bought the Anaconda Copper Company for $39 million, renamed it Amalgamated Copper, and resold it to the public for $75 million. ” Construction boomed: The downtown business districts of large and small urban areas were recast in the image of reinforced concrete and structural steel.
The ending of the great spree of railroad building seemed to leave the nation without an engine to drive economic expansion. 3 Particularly unsettling was the realization that the free, open western frontier had passed. ”4 What Turner had done rather brilliantly was to recreate the frontier as a mythic story of national self-creation and loss. He argued that the process of conquering and civilizing the continent had been decisive for shaping the American national character, and inspiring citizens with the love for freedom and autonomy.
The night before, a nation of 75 million had found innumerable ways of celebrating the coming of the new year. Americans had thrown open houses and parties, gathered together and sung such popular ditties as “There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight” and “I’d Leave My Happy Home for You,” and at midnight touched off fireworks, blew whistles, rung bells, and fired their Winchesters into the air. In New Orleans, boisterous crowds along Canal Street hailed carriages carrying flamboyantly attired women holding Roman candles.
America in 1900 by Noel J Kent