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By David Traxel

In 1898: The start of the yankee Century, David Traxel tells the tale of a watershed 12 months, a yr of international clash, extravagant experience, and breakneck social switch that solid a brand new America—a unexpected empire with many far-flung possessions, a dynamic new participant upon the worldwide stage.

At the center of this brilliant, anecdotal historical past is a masterly account of the Spanish-American warfare, the "splendid little war" that garnered the kingdom Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.  From the sinking of the Maine in waters off Havana to Teddy Roosevelt's tough riders and the triumph of Admiral Dewey, this is the lightning-swift army episode that remodeled the United States right into a global strength. right here too are many tales no longer so usually told—the bloody first successes of the recent United Mine employees, the tentative beginnings of the Ford Motor corporation, the million-dollar release of the Uneeda Biscuit—each in its approach as vital because the harbinger of the yankee century.  Compulsively readable, often funny, totally attention-grabbing in its each aspect, 1898 is well known historical past at its best.

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This was the more impressive since, in many ways, Robeson’s global popularity began in Britain. He was also pushed in that direction by his unfortunate experiences at home. Whatever the case it did not take long for him to attract the attention of the heralded playwright Eugene O’Neill. ” Further, O’Neill was told, “if you have a Negro part to cast you will find that Mr. Robeson has in my opinion very unusual and extraordinary ability as an actor and most admirable qualities as a student and a man,”19 all of which proved to be true.

Van Vechten had arrived there for a party, which was “lovely. There was a great deal of food & much champagne. All the distinguished Negroes in London were there. [Turner] Layton and [Clarence] Johnstone,” a well-known vocal and piano duo, “who sang” and “Leslie Hutchinson” came too, who happened to be one of the biggest cabaret stars of that era. Then there was the usual assortment of elite Londoners—Lady Ravensdale (Lord Curzon’s daughter), Hugh Walpole, and most of the stars of the English theatre.

33 The atmosphere for this work was not ideal. ” What unnerved Robeson was his perception of his own inadequacies. “Now, I’m not an actor, you know. Oh no, I’m not,” he insisted. And to “work with “Flora [Robson],” a standout of the British stage, “was a revelation” since she “had all the technique of the great actress, but it was quite unobtrusive. It 26 Rising Star was so flowing that one wasn’t conscious of it as technique,” which is one definition of great acting. “I’ll never forget,” he continued, “the opening night.

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