Monuments, Statues and a National Reckoning on Racial Injustice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6aQZPK9Bso PBS Newshour: "The debate over physical symbols of the Confederacy has evolved into a broader one about U.S. history. Judy Woodruff talks to Peniel Joseph, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Arielle Hudson, one of six students who … Continue reading Monuments, Statues and a National Reckoning on Racial Injustice

Spanish-American War of 1898 and the Emergence of American Empire Explained

The Spanish-American War lasted less than five months and signaled the end of the Spanish Empire  -- Spain lost its last two colonies, Cuba and the Philippines -- and the rise of the American Empire. President William McKinley expressed idealistic goals that countries must be freed from the oppression of colonization. "Cuba ought to be … Continue reading Spanish-American War of 1898 and the Emergence of American Empire Explained

The Roosevelts: Gripping PBS Documentary About TR, FDR, and Eleanor

"THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are the most prominent members of one of the most important families in American history. Theodore and Franklin occupy the White House for nineteen … Continue reading The Roosevelts: Gripping PBS Documentary About TR, FDR, and Eleanor

Teddy Roosevelt Became President By Accident, Due to MD’s Incompetence

In September 1901, a little over six months after his swearing in for a second term, William McKinley was shot twice in the abdomen by Leon Czolgosz, a steel worker turned labor activist turned socialist turned anarchist. Early prognosis for McKinley was good, according to a too-optimistic if not incompetent doctor, and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt … Continue reading Teddy Roosevelt Became President By Accident, Due to MD’s Incompetence

Teddy Roosevelt and ‘Class Warfare’ in the Early 20th Century

Video clips of Teddy Roosevelt from the History Channel. When Teddy Roosevelt became president in 1901, he was far less powerful than J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and other robber barons. When TR dared to take them on – suing to block the Northern Securities merger, & standing up for justice for strikers instead of just siding with management, … Continue reading Teddy Roosevelt and ‘Class Warfare’ in the Early 20th Century

1870-1920: Massive Immigration, Growth of Cities, Bosses, US Gilded Age, Corruption, Populists, Progressive Era

In these four Crash Course lectures, about 15 minutes each in length, John Green teaches you about the massive immigration to the United States during the 19th and early 20th century; the Gilded Age and its politics; the Progressive Era; and Progressive Presidents -- Teddy Roosevelt; William Howard Taft; and Woodrow Wilson. That's one hour … Continue reading 1870-1920: Massive Immigration, Growth of Cities, Bosses, US Gilded Age, Corruption, Populists, Progressive Era

Could Progressive Era 1890s-1920s Have Been Repressed?

The Progressive Era, from the 1890s to the 1920s in the USA, was so embedded in American society that it is almost impossible to imagine a credible alternate history of America without it. A period of widespread social activism and political reform, it was sparked by industrialization, urbanization, and corruption. It had long-term consequences. Along … Continue reading Could Progressive Era 1890s-1920s Have Been Repressed?

If Wilson’s 14 Points Were Basis for Post-WWI Peace Treaty, WW2 Wouldn’t Have Happened

I have been perhaps unjustly critical of Woodrow Wilson's negotiating skills before, during and after World War I, suggesting that Teddy Roosevelt would have done better at shortening World War I and making the post-war peace treaty far less punitive toward Germany, and ultimately preventing World War II. But Wilson's Fourteen Points were visionary. What … Continue reading If Wilson’s 14 Points Were Basis for Post-WWI Peace Treaty, WW2 Wouldn’t Have Happened

What if Teddy Roosevelt Never Became President? McKinley Was As Important

What if Teddy Roosevelt, popularly known as TR, never became president? He assumed the presidency in 1901 under tragic circumstances. President William McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist. McKinley, first elected in 1896, is often over-shadowed by his more dramatic and memorable successor. But McKinley engineered a realignment of the Republican Party to capture a … Continue reading What if Teddy Roosevelt Never Became President? McKinley Was As Important