America 1865-Present


The origins of the United States becoming a global economy can be traced to the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. New technology fueled the economy and a "super rich" class of entrepreneurs emerged in this "gilded age." By the beginning of the 20th century the United States was a major power, and with WWI looming and mobilizing for the war underway, the economy boomed.

Industrial Revolution

Girls at Weaving Machines, Evansville, IN
October 1908
(National Archives and Records Administration)