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This hope slowly grew and took hold in the early 1900s. Many of the choices people made in the early part of the century were based in their memories of the The 1900s depression of the 1890s. The depression, the beginning of a new century, and the sudden political changes brought on by the unexpected and shocking assassination of William McKinley caused people to wonder whether things would be better as they had been before the depression or whether it was necessary to look at new ways to solve old economic problems.

Expectation of Life at Birth by Race and Sex, 1900 to 2001. S. Census Bureau. No. HS30. Marital Status of Women in the Civilian Labor Force: 1900 to 2002. Zinn, H. 1995. A People’s History of the United States. New York: Harpers Perennial. 2 Political and Cultural Events The political and cultural scene of the first half of the twentieth century included two world wars and a dramatic shift of world and economic power. The 1940s ended with an optimism that was paralleled by the optimism of the 1900s.

By tackling issues from lowering tariffs and breaking up business trusts to improving working conditions and allowing women to vote, reformers from the local to the federal level worked to progress the country forward. William Howard Taft assumed the presidency in 1909. He was handpicked by Theodore Roosevelt, but, during his four years in office, he managed to alienate Roosevelt, big business, and reformers. During the election of 1912, Taft received the fewest electoral votes of an incumbent president.

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