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In 1898, the United States became an empire by accident due to our “splendid little war” against Spain. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the most famous men in America were not athletes or politicians; they were inventors and businessmen like Bell, Edison, Morgan, and Rockefeller. Teddy Roosevelt built the Panama Canal, launched the Great White Fleet, and became a Bull Moose. Woodrow Wilson was reelected in 1916 because “He Kept Us Out of War!” World War I began as a family feud between three European cousins named Georgie, Willie, and Nicky. The “War to end all wars” set the stage for World War II. America’s first female President was Edith Wilson, and our first Black President was possibly Warren Harding. Aside from Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone, Sigmund Freud, Emily Post, or Sinclair Lewis’ novels and Hollywood’s movies, Calvin Coolidge personified the “Roaring Twenties.” Following the Stock Market Crash, FDR’s New Deal and his “fireside chats” helped up survive “Hoovervilles,” but it took World War II to end the Great Depression. What happened between Pearl Harbor and the Atomic Bomb? Read my book.

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