1898: The Birth of the American Century by David Traxel

By David Traxel

In 1898: The beginning of the yankee Century, David Traxel tells the tale of a watershed yr, a 12 months of international clash, extravagant experience, and breakneck social switch that cast a brand new America—a surprising empire with many far-flung possessions, a dynamic new participant upon the worldwide stage.

At the center of this bright, anecdotal background is a masterly account of the Spanish-American battle, the "splendid little war" that garnered the kingdom Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.  From the sinking of the Maine in waters off Havana to Teddy Roosevelt's tough riders and the triumph of Admiral Dewey, here's the lightning-swift army episode that remodeled the US right into a global energy. right here too are many tales now not so usually told—the bloody first successes of the hot United Mine employees, the tentative beginnings of the Ford Motor corporation, the million-dollar release of the Uneeda Biscuit—each in its approach as vital because the harbinger of the yank century.  Compulsively readable, often funny, totally interesting in its each aspect, 1898 is renowned background at its most interesting.

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29 30 THE ENLIGHTENMENT REVOLUTIONARIES Jefferson not only penned the document supporting freedom of and from religion, he lived the conclusion. He is not the only American to have looked with a skeptical eye on the Bible, but he is one of the few who took it upon himself actually to edit the Bible to make it read in a way he thought fully consistent with Christianity. Jefferson took sections of the Bible he held to be true, consistent, and fit for belief and put them into a volume of his own (The Jefferson Bible) that included only the sections of the Bible he thought indicative of true Christianity.

THE ENLIGHTENMENT REVOLUTIONARIES On the other hand, a virtue-theoretic or communitarian view is more amenable to believing that we cooperate with each other and live in communities because we are naturally social beings with obligations to each other to live in productive communities. Whether it is the communitarian or the liberal, social relations revolve around productivity and communities in which productivity may be fostered. For the community-minded, productive and peaceful communities are built and maintained by the activity of individuals who have developed human excellences (virtues) that are beneficial to the community.

That he used a method in which he alone set the goals and set the procedures indicates more than a hint of respect for Enlightenment reason. Revolutionary thinking covers science, religion, and ethics – and its influence in American politics affects the world. Understanding the thoughts and actions of the American revolutionary thinkers in this chapter is enhanced by understanding their intellectual heritage. American revolutionary thinkers used Enlightenment principles to argue against abuses of power and violations of rights perpetrated by the British government.

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