[This was posted in Dec 2015, despite what the timestamp above indicates.]
We need to know the truth about our history. It's much worse than most people imagine. We need to know our mistakes so we can correct them. Up to Oct 1, 2016 I've posted info on some of our worst tyranny and terrorism from after the Civil War till recent events.
Following are highlights from this online article:Rise of American Fascismhttp://www.rationalrevolution.net/articles/rise_of_american_fascism.htm
As America became more and more industrialized, laissez-faire practice presented more and more problems. Men like J.P. Morgan, John Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie owned huge shares of America's economy. J.P. Morgan was arguably the most powerful man in the country during the height of his career, with far more influence than even the President of the United States. A small handful of men controlled virtually all of the financial capital in the country to the degree that people realized that in many ways the government was not in charge of the country, this small group of private citizens were.
H.J. Heinz's lobbying and support for the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, signed by Teddy Roosevelt, [was] not only out of a desire to promote healthy food, which his company already did, but also to legally eliminate competition. The Heinz food company had, at that time, one of the cleanest food product lines in the world, and Heinz helped to ensure that the legislation was written in such a way that the company would already meet the requirements of the act, while the majority of his competition's products would not meet the requirements. When the act passed, many of Heinz's competitors went out of business because they were unable to make the changes needed to meet the requirements in a cost competitive and timely manner.Rise of American Eugenics
The ideology developed that the "socialists" were wrong, and that society's problems were not caused by oppressive economic conditions, but rather that social problems were caused by genetic inferiority. This is an ideology that was adopted by many wealthy and upper-class Americans and was related to the development of the ideology of "Social Darwinism," the idea that certain people were "genetically" more fit and that the more fit legitimately had the right to rule the inferior. It is out of all of these ideas that the American eugenics programs began, funded by wealthy Americans such as Andrew Carnegie and John Rockefeller.
In the 1890s Indiana prisons were performing castrations on convicts, both to "cure" them of masturbation, and to prevent them from "breeding more criminals." Dr. Albert Ochsner advocated the sterilization of convicts "to eliminate all habitual criminals from the possibility of having children."
In 1907 Indiana became the first place in the world to legalize forced sterilization of the poor, prisoners, and mentally ill. Washington, Connecticut, California, Virginia, Nevada, Iowa, New Jersey, and New York all followed suit. In fact, New Jersey's eugenics bills were signed into law by then governor, soon to be president, Woodrow Wilson.
In 1912 the Rockefeller Foundation was created, supported by oil billionaire John D. Rockefeller. The Rockefeller Foundation funded eugenics programs, endorsed by John Rockefeller Jr. himself.
By 1914 eugenics had been adopted in America as a valid field of study and was even taught in high schools.
[Regarding the early 1900s movie:] Birth of a Nation
Near the final climax of the film, ... the Ku Klux Klan unites to save a town from "Negro anarchy"
When the United States entered World War I in 1917, three years after it had begun, it was partly because the war was being brought to America via the sinking of ships like the Lusitania and Germany's offer to help Mexico invade America to regain the territory that Mexico lost to the United States in the Mexican-American War. There were economic reasons as well.Defense Contractors
Though the Allies were very happy that America did finally come in to help turn the tide, at war's end American industry had made enormous profits from the war.
Average annual profits before WW1; Average during WW1
U. S. Steel -- $105,331,000 -- $259,653,000
Du Pont -- $6,092,000 -- $58,076,000
Bethlehem Steel -- $6,840,000 -- $49,427,000
Anaconda Copper -- $10,649,000 -- $34,549,000
Utah Copper -- $5,776,000 -- $21,622,000
American Smelting -- $11,566,000 -- $18,602,000
Republic Iron and Steel -- $4,177,000 -- $17,548,000
International Mercantile -- $6,690,00 -- $14,229,000
Atlas Powder -- $485,000 -- $2,374,000
American and British Man. -- $172,000 -- $325,000
Canadian Car & Foundry -- $1,335,000 -- $2,201,000
Crocker Wheeler -- $206,000 -- $666,000
Hercules Powder -- $1,271,000 -- $7,430,000
Niles, Bement Pond -- $656,000 -- $6,146,000
Scovill Mfg. Co. -- $655,000 -- $7,678,000
General Motors -- $6,954,000 -- $21,700,0001920s Prohibition & Organized Crime
[Since most of us probably know this part of our history, I'll only post the heading without any content.]