1865. The United States had just concluded a devastating civil war. But by the dawn of the 20th Century America will have become a World Power. But first the groundwork had to be laid. Industrialization exploded, ushering in a period of confidence and optimism that would define the American character. This blog provides a overview of some of the stories I tell of the men and women and events that made the 20th Century such a powerful and memorable century.