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America 1900 America in the year 1900 prosperous progressive optimistic a leader on the cutting edge of education and faced with horrible tragedy When compared with America today its difficult to not see likeness Today we are on the rebound with the belief that things will get better and we are still a world leader We are also similarly faced with horrific tragedy the worst terrorist incident in our countrys history The country today does however differ from itself in the year 1900 in many ways Today we are more technologically socially and intellectually advanced Things that people in the 1900s thought could never be done have been The events of the year 1900 have got us to the year 2002 One way to compare America in 1900 to America today is to look at the presidents In 1900 the president was William McKinley McKinley was a soft-spoken man much like our president George Bush is today On New Years Day McKinley held the traditional open house reception Today having the White House open like that would be unthinkable Another major difference is the security at the White House During the night in 1900 there was only one guard on duty who often retired early Guards are on alert around the clock in the present day Both presidents however do have similar worries Terrorism was a threat in the year 1900 just as it is today The terrorists may not be the same Anarchists vs Al-Qaeda but the threat was and is there The economy is a constant worry among both presidents Each of them knows and knew that people vote by their pocket books Another key similarity is each presidents connections to big business McKinley befriended JP Morgan an infamous businessman with more money than the US treasury and Bush has ties with Enron the now defunct energy company Just by looking to the presidents in each time connections can be seen
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