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The Spanish-American War led America into the modern era When President Teddy Roosevelt left the White House to lead the charge on San Juan Hill it was a dramatic moment The Spanish American War victory gave America possession of Cuba the Philippines Panama and the Virgin Islands Once in control of Panama the Americans began to build their canal It took about ten years to build but it was worth it because they got much money from the canal traffic After Woodrow Wilson became President war broke out in Europe They called it World War I at the time America immediately joined in and helped the Allies defeat the Axis powers The incredible economic benefits of the war effort led America into the Roaring 20s President Calvin Coolidge presided over a decade of peace in America He was defeated in 1928 by Republican Herbert Hoover who immediately ended the prosperity and caused the Great Depression The Stock Market Crash of 1928 was a very sad event which led to the closing of all stocks and banks Americans knew it was time to elect a bold leader Franklin David Roosevelt or FDR was Americas savior Elected in 1933 Roosevelt quickly institued various reforms to help stimulate the sagging economy For example he made Social Security that helped old people get money after they retired He also instituted IRS or Internal Revenue Service What really stimulated the economy ironically was World War II At first we didnt want to join the war but Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1942 so we had very little choice FDR called it a day which will live in infomy With General Dwight D Eisenhower in command of the allied Forces we were able to launch a surprise on D-Day which was so named because of Eisenhowers initials Swiftly winning the war Americans entered the 50s The 50s were an era of Rock n Roll Elvis Pressly a famous rock star became
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