Essay On America In The Early 20th Century

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America in the early 20th century The 20th century is arguably one of the most important periods of human development. Technology and infrastructure reached new heights during this time, and people began to rethink what was possible in terms of efficiency and what humanity could accomplish for itself. And throughout it all, for the entire century, America stood out as a shining beacon of hope and prosperity to all downtrodden and broken people around the planet. There is no doubt in my mind that this America craze reached its peak in the early 1900s, specifically between 1910 and 1920. The American people themselves were very prosperous, and led happy, wealthy lives, far more so than anybody else in the world during that time. Then along came…show more content…
It juggled new civil and immigrant rights that demanded attention, its own post-war policy of keeping out of European affairs, and the end of its wild western frontier. The issue of race continued to evolve in the early 20th century, as this was the era of the dawn of civil and immigrant rights, but there were still threats to total equality. This was well after the civil war and the abolition of slavery, but African Americans (and all other minority groups for that matter) had nowhere near the same amount of opportunity to be successful that white people did, and were generally discriminated against by the general populace. This was of course much more prevalent in the south, the side of the country that had lost the civil war back in 1865, where public beatings and lynchings of blacks were still fairly common. In towns and major cities across the south and mid-western United States, local councils were set up for the express purpose of segregating black and white neighborhoods, but at the same time the National Urban League was formed in New York, to assist African Americans with finding housing and jobs, and is still in operation today to help fight discrimination. Men like

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