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When America was Great The 1890's early 1900's the true pinnacle of America as a nation The 1890's and early 1900's - until the advent of WWI was a period of exceptional economic expansion, and innovation, perhaps unbarrelled .today. The American empire of trade was at its zenith, and cities were growing rapidly. While the same decade saw an explosion of immigration to the United States from less economically prosperous lands, it was a period of vast wealth. The railroads, the dominance of the United States in South American markets and the Caribbean meant that industries were doing very well.
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Added: 18th April 2009
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Posted By: dalecaruso
Posted by: BigBoy Bob on 2009-04-18 
I would think the zenith of American was right after WWII and has declined ever since.
Posted by: Classico on 2009-04-19 
GREAT video + now among my Faves. The Dream Land scenes were best.

USA's zenith was after WWII. Hopefully, we will recapture that success soon.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-04-27 
Some great images here!

If I could live in any era of American history, I would probably choose the years of the Teddy Roosevelt presidency (1901-1909). The United States was enjoying peace and prosperity--and had not yet become entangled in foreign problems.

Having said that, we do tend to look back on these bygone eras with rose-colored glasses. City life was especially unhealthy circa 1905. We would be appalled at what passed for sanitation in those days. One historian wrote, 'I would love to travel back in time--as long as I was immune from the diseases that were everywhere.'
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