Many of the key issues concerning the United States as we enter the 21st century were already taking shape as we entered the 20th century. Business mergers, U.S. military intervention (in the Philippines), trade disputes with China and Europe, racial violence, high levels of crime, rising income gaps between rich and poor, volatile stock market prices, homelessness in the cities, the dangers of immigration, and the domination of money in elections -- all these major national issues in 1900 are familiar in some form to Americans today. The nation grappled for the first time with a series of complex new challenges: distribution of wealth and economic opportunity; the form race and ethnic relations should take in a country of increasing diversity; the relationship between big business and government; how the United States, as a new world power, should act overseas; and a host of others. Written in a fluid and highly readable style, Kent's ten chapters comprise a colorful narrative history of the major events of this pivotal year that continues to resonate a century later.
I. In the Year Double-Zero 1. New Year's Day 1900 2. The Invincible Economy 3. American Dreaming: The Power, the Glory, and the Chaos II. Fin de Siecle Dilemmas 4. Kings of America 5. The Great Game 6. Other Americans 7. White Man's Country 8. Black in White Man's Country 9. "A New Power of the First Order" 10. Of Trusts, Islands, Dinner Pails, and an Election