Turning Points in American History

Chapter 4

Dawn of the 20th Century


Long before the existence of President Barack Obama and before Americans had to pay Federal Income Taxes!

  Our Glorious Century by Reader's Digest Editors - 1994


          Is a hail and farewell to the most extraordinary years from 1900-1912 that America has ever known.   This dramatic journey of the Turn of 20th Century covers the pivotal moments of history and colorful events of day-to-day life that created the American Century - a period that changed the world like no other.

          This comprehensive legacy began on New Year’s Eve of 1899, when William McKinley was president, there were 45 states, and such wonders as air travel and ice cream cones were yet to be discovered.

          The Greatest Era in American History from 1900-1912 under the leadership of Republican President McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft.

          Bursting with energy, America vaults onto the World stage, led by Republican President William McKinley, the irrepressible Vice President Teddy Roosevelt, Republican President William Taft, and a host of dreamers, explorers, crusaders, inventors, and tycoons

          On December 31, 1899, The New York Times ran an editorial reviewing the past century and looking forward to the prospect ahead. “We step upon the threshold of 1900…facing a still brighter dawn for human civilization,” the editors declared. Everywhere the outlook seemed to shine. Factories were humming and incomes were on the rise. Remarkable new in inventions----the automobile, the electric light bulb, the telephone, to name just three---were transforming the way people lived. “Laws are becoming more just, rulers humane,” declared a Brooklyn pastor, “music is becoming sweeter and books wiser.” It seemed obvious to everyone.


Republican President McKinley was assassinated in 1901

William McKinley by Courtney Art Studio, 1896.jpg      

                                                                                                   A sketch of Leon Czolgosz shooting U.S. President William McKinley.

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                                Republican President Roosevelt in 1901              

Teddy Wields the Big Stick

Promising a “square deal for all Americans,” Roosevelt was swept back into office in 1904. The crusade continued. Congress at his urging, passed laws to clear slums, to make factories safer, to regulate commerce, to prevent kickbacks in the railroad industry. The U.S. Forest Service came into being, as did Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The after seven spectacular years, just before the 1908 election, Teddy decided to quit Washington.

Republican President Taft in1909

            Already America was the world’s largest industrial power.

After a severe economic slump in the early 1890’s, its annual output of goods and services was pushing toward a record $19 billion. The nation had nearly half the world’s railroad mileage, shipped half it freight, pumped half its oil, forged a third of its steel, and mined a third of its gold.


Had doubled and now stood at 76 million. Three new states had been added to the union in the past decade alone, for a total of 45. The entire country was getting bigger, stronger, and seemingly more wonderful.  In 1900 Hawaii becomes U.S. territory.  U.S. established civil government in Puerto Rico.


American Way of Life

        Continuing looking back in History- 1900 - 1912

In just 30 years  after the First Fiscal Cliff - 1870:

1.  Fully 60 percent of all Americans lived in rural communities of less than 2,500 people. The largest occupation was farming.

Photo from wipedika

2.  Black American schoolgirls, some perhaps daughters of Southern sharecroppers who had left the farm, pore over their studies at a public school in Washington, D.C.

Rural America


3.  Small farmers, many of them Southern Blacks, were beginning to move to Northern cities looking for jobs.

Preparing field to plant cotton - photo by Wipedia

4.  Nearly one person out of every two belonged to a church congregation, and almost nobody got divorced.


5.  Many families still made their own clothes.

6.  Many used a horse and buggy.

7.  Sugar cost 4 cents a pound.

8.  Corn Beef 8 cent.

9.  $2.50 bought a handsome pair of men’s shoes.

           10. The term radio did not exist in 1900, nor did vacuum cleaner or electric toaster.

11. Hollywood was still an orange grove.

12. There was not a single traffic light.

           13.  Census Bureau  established in 1902.

14.  No one had to pay an income tax  


Massive influx of foreign immigrants arrived from oversea, all searching for a better life under an American sky.

Some 9 million newcomers poured into the United States between 1900 and 190, moving through processing centers, such as Ellis Island in New York, with their bundled belongings, odd foreign garb, and hopeful, bewildered faces.

Coming to the Promised Land of America

 Emigrants coming to the "Land of Promise"

 Most came from Southern Eastern Europe---Italy, Russia’s western regions, the multiethnic lands of the Austro-Hungarian
Empire--- and very few spoke English.                                                              

Newcomers from Italy--- weary, apprehensive, determined to make good---move through the reception area of Ellis Island.  By 1910 nearly one out of every seven Americans was foreign-born.

Many were Roman Catholic, many Jewish, at a time when America was overwhelming Protestant.

They crowded into cold-water tenements, took what work they could find, and endured the scorn of some native-born Americans. (“The scum of creation had been dumped on us,” lamented one such irate citizen.)

Yet the newcomers hung on, caught up in the golden American promise and confident, like most Americans in that exuberant moment of the century’s turn, that things would surely get better.


Here Come the Consumers


A thrilling new sound, music to merchants’ ears, echoed throughout the land: jingle of cash registers. Almost everyone, it seemed, wanted to spend money on something, and retailers were all too happy to oblique. 

Goodbye Horses, Hello Model T

The horse will continue indispensable for a long time,” wrote a reporter after viewing the battery, steam, and gas-powered cars at the National Auto Show of 1900. Then along came Henry Ford.


                                                                                              Ford Model T - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Massive Changes were underway, however.


The last major Indian battle, at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, was a decade old; the former Indian territory of Oklahoma swarmed with thousands of new settlers. Other Western lands were filling fast. Only in Alaska, gateway for a rush of fortune seekers heading for the Klondike goldfields did the wide-open frontier spirit still flourish.

Orville and Wilbur Get Up First

Americans had tied to take wings and failed; Europeans had flown airships and gliders, but powered heavier-than-air flight had eluded them. Only the combined genius of two preserving brothers from Dayton, Ohio, would loft the first true airplane into the sky.


Crusaders for a Better World

Its conscience stung by muckraking reports of widespread poverty and corruption, America embarked on series of needed reforms. Private charities, government legislatures, and individual citizens all pitched in.

Conquering Earth’s Frozen Frontiers

Most of the world’s wild places---the jungles of Africa, the deserts of Arabia---had now been explored. But the earth’s two Polar Regions were still blanks on the map. The challenge of reaching them brought triumph to some, tragedy to others.

Hello Central and the wondrous Wireless – Telephone

Suddenly telephones were in demand: businessmen traded stocks and farmers got prices by phone, the party line provided entertainment and Central became a trusted friend. Meanwhile, radio waves were about to be news.


A Bell System logo (called the Blue Bell) used from 1889 to 1900. The Bell Telephone Company and its successors created the Bell System and drove its expansion

Medicine Gets a Dose of Science

The patent-medicine industry was exposed as a hoax, and health officials, armed with scientific know-how and training waged a winning battle against illness and filth.

New Literature, New Libraries

The nascent century saw a widening of literary tastes. While romantic tales of virtue triumphant never really went out of style, American publishers began to bring out books that probe darker aspects of the human experience.

The Imperious Titans of Big Business

In the area of giant trusts and the first billion-dollar deals.

Agriculture Wealth Produced

More than half the world’s cotton

 50 percent of its corn, and most of its tobacco

The United States was becoming increasingly urbanized

Business & Economic 1900-1912

U.S passes Gold Standard Act

Per-capita U. S. annual income: $1,164

 International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union founded

 High speed steelmaking invented

 Electric ignitions for internal-combustion engineers

 Mercury-vapor arc lamp invented

 Oil discovered at Spindletop, Texas

8. U.S. Steel Corporation, first billion-dollar company, organized

Economic Colossus

Driven by the powerful twin engines of high finance and low-cost labor---and fueled by vast natural resources---America grew into the richest, most productive nation in history.

The quantities seem almost unimaginable:

 Fourteen million tons of steel

 Over 200 million tons of coal

 Nine and a half million bales of cotton

 763 million bushels of wheat

 822 million bushels of tobacco

 Enough finished lumber to build a small cottage for every family in America

The Railroads were among the nation’s largest enterprise. Some 193,000 miles of track crisscrossed the country, more than half the railroad mileage.

 A 1909 railroad poster celebrates American progress and material wealth. The map showed 48 states, even though Arizona and New Mexico were still territories.   Oklahoma, the newest state, was added in 1907.

Major Industries:

 National Biscuit

 American Sugar

 American Tobacco

United States Rubber

 American Can

 United Fruit

 International Harvester----the list grew steadily and prospered

Much of these giant companies alarmed the critics, there was no going back. For where the trusts took over, markets steadied and prosperity tended to follow.

The Imperious Titans of Big Business

Even President Teddy Roosevelt had no objective to size alone. Only “bad trusts---those engaged in price-fixing, for example---aroused his ire. Roosevelt took on corruption and greed at every level.

Golden Age for American Tycoons

                                                                                                                                Andrew Carnegie- Steel                                       

Jp Morgan - Banking   JohnPierpontMorgan.png                  Jay D Rockfeller - Oil   

                 Photos- Wikipedia


In the era of giant’s trusts and the first billion-dollar deals, America’s top capitalists loomed larger than life. Immensely rich, ruthlessly ambition, and mostly free from government regulations, they made decisions that affected the pocketbook of every citizen - Yet, many of them started out poor.

 "Never had Americans felt more confident, more vigorous, or more eager to assert themselves. With prosperity at home and newly won prominence in world affairs, America had good reason to feel proud of itself!”

     Then came 1913

The Birth of the Federal Income Taxes in America

Democrat President Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson, Harris & Ewing bw photo portrait, 1919.jpg

Constitution of the United States - 16th Amendment

"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."

       Americans have been paying Federal Income Taxes for exactly 100 years, and where has it gotten us? 

The Legacy of Building a New World during Post World War II from 1946-1962

Coming Home

I Miss My Daddy!”

“These guys who came out of World War II were idealistic,” recalled wounded veteran Harold Russell.  “They sincerely believed that this time they were coming home to build a new world.”


When the news of Japan’s surrender swept across the United States in August 1945, over 12 million Americans were in uniform, 7 million of them overseas.  Harry S. Truman, the spunky Missourian who never ran from a tough decision, needed to determine how quickly he should demobilize those troops.


Intense pressure to act quickly came from many fronts.  Railroad presidents pressed for the speedy return of former employees so other veterans could be transported home and new consumer goods shipped to market.  The United Mine Workers lobbied to have their 30,000 boys sent home right away.  Servicemen’s wives and sweethearts bombarded Washington with calls and letters.  One bewildered senator received 200 pairs of baby bootees in the mail, all carrying the identical message:  “I miss my daddy!” 

No vet would ever forget what it meant to come out of the terrifying, destructive war alive and feel the warm embrace of loved ones.

The 1950’s were filled with ground breaking events that left another legacy to America.  It was Post World War II era, and Americans were moving closer as a Nation.

 Religion Resurgent

 Polls regularly showed that 95 percent of Americans considered themselves religious.  And some came to believe, as a writer for The Christian Century did, that it was “un-American to be unreligious.”

Editor of the Cleveland Press Louis B. Seltzer wrote a piece for his paper one day in 1952 that alluded to the need for religion in a material world: “We abound with all of the things that make us comfortable.

" We are, on the average, rich beyond the dreams of the kings of old…Yet…something is not there that should be.”  The response was immediate.  Letters and phone calls poured into Seltzer’s office.  61 newspapers picked up the editorial for their own pages.  He touched a chord.

The 1950 found a prosperous America experiencing a profound religious resurgence.  People flocked to the nation’s churches in growing numbers; by 1955 half the adult population, 49 million congregants, regularly attended services.  Expenditures on church construction rose from $400 million to nearly $1 billion.

Piety Wins in Washington and in the Media

 Among a growing number of Americans, belief in god became intertwined with patriotism.  As one minister put it, “An atheistic American is a contradiction in terms.”  In 1954 Congress added the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.


I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

1954 to present       

" Two years later, the phrase “In God We Trust,” made the nation’s official motto not long before, was engraved on all U.S. currency.  When the Supreme Court ruled “released time” constitutional, allowing students to leave public schools early one day a week for religion instruction, Justice William O. Douglas’s opinion read:  “We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.”


                                                       The Supreme Court in 1953, with Chief Justice Earl Warren sitting center.

                                  President Dwight D. Eisenhower states his view of the place of God in government                                


Dwight D. Eisenhower
Eisenhower in May 1959



“The Almighty takes and direct day by day in the progress of this nation.” And, in those Cold War times, many believers saw their faith as a bulwark against communism. 

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover urged Americans.

J. Edgar Hoover
J. Edgar Hoover in 1959






“Since Communists are anti-God, encourage your children to be active in the church.”


  With polls indicating 9 out of 10 Americans believed in God, Hollywood produced religious blockbuster movie ----The Ten    Commandments, Quo Vadis, The Robe----and smaller films treating spiritual themes.  “God was everyone’s kind of guy…He was God’s kind of guy,” ran the ad for A man called Peter, about a U.S. Senate chaplain




          Rev.  Billy Graham

But the clergyman who acquired the greatest mastery over the Media was Rev. Billy Graham.  Through his best-selling books, his radio show (Hour of Decision) numerous .

                                                             Graham with Martin Luther King, Jr.  -

TV appearances, and worldwide Crusades for Christ, Graham preached old-time religion, calling on sinners and be saved.  When accused of being more adman than preacher, Graham encountered:  “I am selling the greatest product in the world; why shouldn’t it be promoted as well as soap?  Through critics found him overzealous, many American affirmed the urgency of Graham’s message.

Then came1961

Democrat  President of the United States

John F. Kennedy
35th President of the United States


Ask not what your Country to do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

Kennedy and his opponent, 47 year old Republican Vice President Richard M. Nixon, stood reasonably close on the issues on

1960, a year when the country enjoyed prosperity and faced no international crises.  Both candidates took a hard line on Communism, stressing the importance of American’s economic and military superiority over the Soviet Union; Kennedy charged, however, that under President Eisenhower (at the ending of his two-terms in the Oval office) and Nixon the United States lagged behind its great adversary.   Both candidates called for Civil Rights legislations, but Nixon made few overtures toward black voters, while Kennedy actively courted their vote and promised that, as president, he would be their strong advocate.


                                                                A piece of literature for the Eisenhower–Nixon campaign, 1952


Then came November22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated.  He was too Conservative and a hard line on Communism for the Democrat’s agenda toward Socialism.

Assassination of John F. Kennedy

President Kennedy with his wife, Jacqueline, and Governor of Texas John Connally in the presidential limousine, minutes before the President's assassination.


Democrat Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as President.

Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as U.S. President aboard Air Force One in Dallas.


Johnson came to Washington in 1931 at age 23as the assistant to a congressman.  Convinced that government should improve the lot of every American, he supported the New Deal policies of Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  “You get yours, he get his, and we all share” was how one admirer summed up Johnson’s personal creed. 


Using every ploy in his repertoire---cajoling, pleading, bullying---he got Congress to act on stalled legislation.   Do you know what it is to be Black?”  President Johnson surged ahead with his domestic polices, which were rubber-stamped by the heavily legislature.’’


Johnson presided, all told, over the passage of the most significant legislation since the days of FD, and over the greatest splurge in domestic spending in the nation’s history.  Federal expenditures on health, education, and for the welfare and Social Security programs more than doubled in the years 1965 t0 1970.


Lyndon Johnson took pride in never retreating once he had embarked on an undertaking; he saw it through to the very end.  He fervently advanced his notion of the Great Society, succeeding to a degree as perhaps no other president could have. Johnson would lose his way in the twisted labyrinth of the Vietnam War.


President Johnson got the Democrat’s agenda back on track towards the Illuminati’s New World Order.

Excerpts An Awakening Spiritual Journey into Dirty Politics -

Summer of 2008  

The Eve of the 2nd Holocaust                  

The 1st Biblical Antichrist/Satan’s existences hang on the balance of the Presidential Election of 2008

Imagine it is January 2009!   The Presidential Election is over! You have celebrated. The Democrat President of the United States had just been sworn in the day before along with a Democrat House of Representatives and Senate. You heard the polished speeches that sound like music to your ears. You heard the great promises that you simply took on faced value because he looked so innocent, impeccable dressed, easy on the eyes, and told you everything that you wanted to hear as the great orator spoke of “changes* - “time for a change!” The message, “Time for a Change” has been pounded into your psyche, and you have been brainwashed. You didn’t realize the message kept repeating over and over for twenty one days was a brainwashing technique by the skilled orator. Each time you heard, “It’s time for a Change,” you drifted off to sleep due to Obama’s hypnotic voice. Suddenly you woke up and realized that your change included living under dictatorship. You just repeated the German peoples’ mistake when they closed their eyes and blindly followed Dictator Adolph Hitler into World War II. What would you do as you just discovered, “Oh No! I just gave up my democracy for a false appeasement under a dictatorship government!”

Excerpt - Memoir of Dirty Politics – My Final Journey


It came to pass. Those same voters woke up just in time to receive “Santa’s gifts of Entitlements,” and once again fell off into a deep sleep.  They snored until it was time to vote for President Obama again in November 2012. They just couldn’t wait to get to the poll. They simply loved the “shucking and jiving” as being cool. They were under the Biblical Antichrist’s spell, and they wanted to stay right there all nestled for Santa’s treats. It was “To Hell with America, and by the way God, I’ll catch you on Sunday in church while singing, ‘I got a feeling everything going to be all right.' Can I get an Amen?”



   Scientist stated to God, “We don’t need you any longer! 

Paul, a scientist died and his soul was ascended into Heaven. Gabriel led the baffled and disgruntled scientist who had worked in a shadowy government hideaway lab for the Biblical Antichrist/Beast on a formula for an eternal life span. Just before implementing the last formula to his experimentation, he suddenly died. He was angry and felt he didn’t have the opportunity to live forever.


Gabriel led the disgruntled scientist into where God was seated. Gabriel reminded the man, “I know that you have led an atheist’s life on earth, however, even an atheist has to bow before the Living God.  The angry scientist bowed and began gloating to God:


God, man is so knowledgeable; we know how man was developed.   It was through Evolution. We have developed a miraculous formula where man can live forever.  So God, we don’t need you anymore.  This is the reason why we are going to overthrow You and create our own world where the Antichrist will rule the world forever, and ever.”  The scientist stated with a smirk on his face:  “I and many other scientists now believe that in less than twenty years, we will have the means to reprogram our bodies so they can halt, then reverse ageing.   The nanotechnology will allow us to live forever.  So we can look forward to a world where humans become cyborgs, with artificial limbs and organs.  So God, we simply don’t need you anymore to create life,” stated the arrogant scientist.

God calmly spoke with a pleasant smile on His face after the scientist had spoken his last words.

Oh, so you are going to create your own world because you think this is an old 'downright mean old world.’  That’s fine with me.  How are you going to do it after I take back everything that I have created including the dirt that created you?” God asked the man.


Suddenly, the scientist had an epiphany. “God, we need that dirt! How can we create our world without the dirt, water, and air? God calmly stated, “You cannot! I gave man the knowledge to create many things; however, I didn’t give the power to create man nor his self-serving world.” Finally God stated to Paul, “It a pity you didn’t live twenty years longer on earth to realize your miraculous formula for man to live forever was merely a hoax; it will never happen.   Paul on your way out have Gabriel directs you to the door that’s labeled “HELL.” 


Suddenly the nervous scientist who thought he had all the answers now found himself numb, then terrified as he stated: 


God, am I the only one that will be in Hell?” At that point God rose from His throne, walked over to Paul and gently stated to him, “Of course not Paul.  All your buddies will be joining you later, and many of them are awaiting your arrival. Paul, Hell is not racist! It does not discriminate. There are people from every nationality in Hell. Some are: rich, middle class, poor, intelligent, college educated, attorneys and businessmen, as well as backsliding Christians, Jews, Muslims, murders, thieves, liars, idiots, kings, queens, presidents, senators, congressmen, false prophets, lying ministers, rock stars and movie stars, leaders and even community organizers, antichrists, about 80% of the News Media, and atheists that will be joining you.  You will have plenty of time to tell them all about your formula for man to live forever.

Down Hill Spiraling of a Great Nation

God’s Anger against Idolaters


The anger of God is being revealed from heaven against all the impiety and depravity of men who keep truth imprisoned in their wickedness. For what can be known about God is perfectly plain to them since God himself has made it plain.  Ever since God created the world His everlasting power and deity—however invisible—have been there for the mind to see in the things He has made. That is why such people are without excuse: they knew God and yet refused to honor Him as God or to thank Him; instead, they made nonsense out of logic and their empty minds were darkened. The more they called themselves philosophers, the more stupid they grew, until they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for a worthless imitation, for the image of mortal man, of birds, of quadrupeds and reptiles. That is why God left them to their filthy enjoyments and the practices which they dishonor their bodies, since they have given up divine truth for a lie and have worshipped and served the creatures instead of the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 


That is why God had abandoned then to degrading passions:  Why their women have turned from natural intercourse to unnatural practices and why their menfolk have given unnatural intercourse to be consumed with passions for each other, men doing shameless thing with men and getting an appropriate reward for their perversion. 


In other words, since they refused to see it was rational to acknowledge God, God has left them to their own irrational ideas, and to their monstrous behavior. And so they are steeped in all sorts of depravity, rottenness, greed and malice, and addicted to envy, murder, wrangling, treachery, and spite.   Libellers, slanderers, enemies of God, rude, arrogant and boastful, enterprising in sin, rebellious to parents, without brains, honor, love or pity.  They know what God’s verdict is:  that those who behave like this deserve to die—and yet they do it; and what is worse, encourage others to do the same.


  Roman 1:18-32 - The New Testament of The Jerusalem  Bible - 1969


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