1898: The Birth of the American Century

1898: The Birth of the American Century

by David Traxel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0679776710

ISBN-13: 9780679776710

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

In 1898: The Birth of the American Century, David Traxel tells the story of a watershed year, a year of foreign conflict, extravagant adventure, and breakneck social change that forged a new America—a sudden empire with many far-flung possessions, a dynamic new player upon the global stage.

At the heart of this vivid, anecdotal history is a

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In 1898: The Birth of the American Century, David Traxel tells the story of a watershed year, a year of foreign conflict, extravagant adventure, and breakneck social change that forged a new America—a sudden empire with many far-flung possessions, a dynamic new player upon the global stage.

At the heart of this vivid, anecdotal history is a masterly account of the Spanish-American War, the "splendid little war" that garnered the nation Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.  From the sinking of the Maine in waters off Havana to Teddy Roosevelt's rough riders and the triumph of Admiral Dewey, here is the lightning-swift military episode that transformed America into a world power. Here too are many stories not so often told—the bloody first successes of the new United Mine Workers, the tentative beginnings of the Ford Motor Company, the million-dollar launch of the Uneeda Biscuit—each in its way as important as the harbinger of the American century.  Compulsively readable, frequently humorous, utterly fascinating in its every detail, 1898 is popular history at its finest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679776710
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
1 VINTAGE
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
671,162
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Prologue3
Chapter 1 LAND OF CONTRASTS17
Chapter 2 THE ADVENTURE OF PROGRESS39
Chapter 3 YOUTH AND NEW IDEAS63
Chapter 4 HUMANITY AND SELF-INTEREST87
Chapter 5 WAR FEVER107
Chapter 6 THE GLORIOUS FIRST OF MAY127
Chapter 7 WAITING FOR ORDERS154
Chapter 8 THE REAL THING171
Chapter 9 WAGES OF WAR195
Chapter 10 A WORLDWIDE VICTORY214
Chapter 11 BATTLES AT HOME237
Chapter 12 OPPORTUNITIES264
Chapter 13 THE NEW AMERICAN WAY287
Epilogue310
Notes321
Bibliography341
Index349

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