America 1900 by Judy Crichton
The Turning Point (American Experience)

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The story of this one remarkable year will air as a three-hour documentary on The American Experience in November 1998. In January 1, 1900, as Americans tried to divine the future of the twentieth century, what no one could foresee was that the issues they were dealing with were much the same as those that would face their grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the year 2000. Change had come so fast that there was an almost magical belief in the powers of science and technology. The country had never been more prosperous but the disparity between rich and poor had never been greater. Slavery was dead but racism was growing. The narrative begins New Year's Day in Washington, D.C., as President McKinley shrugs off warnings that his life may be in danger. Never far from the seat of power is Theodore Roosevelt, "the coming American of the twentieth century." Throughout the year, as Crichton details one event after the other--the greatest mine disaster in American history; the banning of a salacious play; an historic election campaign; the Galveston flood; the Harvard-Yale football game; a great labor victory; the emergence of the first billion-dollar corporation--the forces of the future are moving into place.

About Judy Crichton

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Judy Crichton has won awards for her writing and her journalism, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the duPont Columbia Award, and the Writers Guild Award. Crichton was executive producer of PBS's The American Experience from its inception in 1987 through its ninth season. She lives in New York City.
Published November 3, 1998 by Henry Holt and Co.. 288 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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A delightful look at the last century-turning year.

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In a book meant to accompany November's PBS documentary of the same name, distinguished writer and producer Crichton offers a vivid, beautifully illustrated account of the U.S. at the turn of the cent

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"The American Experience" on PBS is marking the new millennium by looking 98 years back, with filmmaker David Grubin's "America 1900."

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