Summary Of Theodore Rasenberger's America 1908

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The year 1908 was not that much different from other years, Rasenberger would have his readers believe. In his acclaimed novel, America 1908, Rasenberger takes what seems like ordinary events upon first glance, into an intertwined narrative that encompasses the most memorable changes to America throughout that year. He teaches us that more than any other year in the 20th-century, 1908 set up what would be America’s destiny.
Acknowledging the formidable challenges of prominent racism and the need for labor reforms, he makes the case for a changing nation as confident and powerful as its president in 1908, Theodore Roosevelt. In the three-page account of Theodore Roosevelt 's presidency he metaphorically describes his leadership as a point-to-point
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The growth of technology spurred a new mood for the country. Although spread out and mainly on the East Coast, the result is an “engaging work of popular history”. The year 1908 was filled with radical changes in the technology that changed the way of American life dramatically. The automobile, which was introduced by Henry Ford, known as the Model T, was barreling toward transit domination even in a time of financial clout swells. The first affordable automobile was a piece of technology viewed by Rasenberger as “unsurpassed in its impact on American society until the atomic bomb” thereby setting the country on the road that would lead to oil shocks, drive-in movie theaters, and even rock 'n ' roll. Not only did the novel focus on Henry Ford’s invention changing the face of the United States, but also on the Wright brothers and their invention of the airplane. Their dauntless proof to the world of the capability to break scientific boundaries with what they called their machine. The Wright Brothers publicly demonstrated (tragedy aside) that flight was not only possible, but there to stay, proving the viability of air travel across the nation. Rasenberger not failing to describe their (the Wright Brother’s) long, laborious, and endlessly dangerous efforts to change the technological realm as it was known. He eloquently describes America on the move by air, sea (the global voyage of the Great White Fleet), and land (the New York to Paris automobile race). Americans finally began to feel themselves becoming global

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