America in 1900 by Noel J Kent

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 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 bad, risky inventory industry costs, homelessness within the towns, the hazards of immigration, and the domination of cash in elections -- a majority of these significant nationwide concerns in 1900 are well-known in a few shape to american citizens at the present time. The country grappled for the 1st time with a sequence of complicated new demanding situations: distribution of wealth and fiscal chance; the shape race and ethnic kin should still soak up a rustic of accelerating range; the connection among mammoth enterprise and executive; how the U.S., as a brand new global strength, should still act in a foreign country; and a bunch of others. Written in a fluid and hugely readable type, Kent's ten chapters contain a colourful narrative historical past of the main occasions of this pivotal yr that maintains to resonate a century later.

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There was a young Wisconsin-born architect with a growing reputation, Frank Lloyd Wright, who was designing suburban Chicago homes in radically innovative new ways. The country’s big cities, whose glitter and opportunities were attracting huge numbers of inmigrants from rural America and overseas, were definitely the nerve center of the new economy. Four of ten Americans now lived in urban places. Industries were highly concentrated spatially and gathered large numbers of factories and workers in close proximity.

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. During harvest season, farmers in Kansas and Oregon were paying an unheard-of three or four dollars per day for scarce agricultural labor.

At Great Lakes ports, grain elevators operated by steam-engine-driven belts off-loaded 180,000 bushels of wheat each hour into mammoth terminals. On dry docks from the Puget Sound to Newport News, great caches of timber and steel were being turned into modern steamships. 1 At the helm of the economic transformation was the American corporation itself, continuously shaped and reshaped by revolutions in communications and production technology. Big-business organizations were being revamped to accommodate the requirements of national markets and the presence of the telephone, the new rapid-delivery post office, and sophisticated machinery.

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