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America 1900 (Hardcover)
America 1900 (Hardcover): Judy Crichton
America 1900 (Hardcover): Judy Crichton

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Judy Crichton

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Judy Crichton's "America 1900" - a sweeping narrative filled with humor and compassion - opens New Year's Day and follows an eclectic group of men and women over the course of one remarkable year. An unknown writer, Jack London, publishes an essay about the "shrinkage" of time and space. Sixteen-year-old Harry Truman reads of war and dreams of peace. Wilbur and Orville Wright and their friend Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of America's greatest poets, surface and resurface. Theodore Roosevelt, "the coming American for the 20th century, " is caught in a bitter political struggle - which he will seem to lose. At the White House, there are fears about the President's security, but William McKinley shrugs off the warnings. He is President of the most prosperous nation on earth; Americans are optimistic and so is he. Ragtime composer Scott Joplin is changing the sound of American music. The bohemian photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston and the elegant academic W.E.B. Du Bois are working on an exhibit for the great Paris Exposition. But over the year, Americans' soaring sense of confidence would be tested by wars overseas, riots and strikes at home. Belief in technology is shaken by the Galveston flood - the greatest natural disaster in the nation's history. In the fall, the election campaign triggers bitter debates about the growing gap between rich and poor, the power of the big corporations, and the conflicting visions of America's role in the world. Du Bois declares that race will be the issue for the 20th century. Finally, on New Year's Eve 1900, as Americans tried to perceive the shape of the future, what no one could understand without the gift of foresight - was that the nation hadalready moved across an unseen divide, from one age to the next. The issues so critical in 1900 would be much the same in the year 2000.


Imprint: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
Country of origin: United States
Release date: November 1998
Authors: Judy Crichton
Dimensions: 241 x 197 x 27mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards / With dust jacket
Pages: 342
ISBN-13: 978-0-8050-5365-4
Barcode: 9780805053654
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
LSN: 0-8050-5365-4

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