The world’s population is roughly at 1.7 billion at the turn of the 20th Century. The US in their minds deems the Hawaiian Islands to be a US Territory; while passing the Platt Amendment in 1901, which declares the right of the US to intervene militarily in Cuban affairs. Cuba subsequently becomes a United States protectorate, protecting Cuba from others while supposedly allowing them to remain a sovereign power. The third American President is assassinated: President William McKinley dies eight days after being shot by Leon Czolgosz, whom McKinley calls a “poor misguided fellow.” Forty-eight US soldiers are killed during a surprise attack by anti-US forces in the Philippines. Racial violence increases in the South after southern whites become angry when President Theodore Roosevelt invites African American leader, Booker T. Washington into the White House. The legal use of cocaine as a dandruff cure becomes an ad in the Washington DC “Evening Times” in 1902. Britain and the US settle their political differences. May 20, 1902 becomes Cuba’s Independence Day as the United States recognizes it as a republic independent of Spain; almost a year later, in 1903, Cuba and the United States sign the Cuban- American Treaty which allows the US to lease Guantánamo Bay. British rule, wanting to expand its control and dominance in Africa, takes over the Fulani Empire, a Muslim theocracy in the Western Sudan. The United States signs The Hay-Buna-Varilla Treaty with Panama which gave them exclusive rights over the Panama Canal Zone.

 

By 1904, the Germans are machine-gunning the Herero people in their South-West African colonies, poisoning their wells and driving them into the Omaheke desert to die. In 1905, in the US, the San Francisco School Board announced a policy to relocate Japanese students to the city’s one school for Asians so that their children (whites) would not be placed in any position where their youthful impressions would be affected by association with pupils of the Mongolian race. The Pentecostal Movement of 1906 begins in Los Angeles in the African American community with the Azusa Street Revival led by African American preacher, William J. Seymour; nine days later on April 18, an earthquake strikes San Francisco of a 7.8 magnitude, causing a fire that destroyed 80% of the city and killing 3,000 people. Jack Johnson becomes the first black heavyweight boxing champion on December 26th in 1908, defeating Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia. In 1909 President Taft approves a proposal that would become a bill legalizing a Federal income tax in the US. Former President Teddy Roosevelt arrives in British controlled Kenya for a jolly good time of shooting animals. On September 16th, 20 year old Adolf Hitler finds himself homeless for several months in Vienna, an experience that would make him more intense. An ordinance restraining freedom of speech in Spokane, Washington is repealed after more than 500 people are arrested in violation of the ordinance for “speaking” on the city’s streets.

 

A Los Angeles federal judge rules that Arabs and other Middle Easterners were of the white race, overturning a ruling by immigration authorities that Arabs were Asiatics to be barred under a law against the naturalization of Mongolians. In 1910, the practice of locking workers inside during business hours was upheld during a strike of New York female garment workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company; later, after 70,000 workers took to the picket-line, workers were allowed to have a union and a guaranteed 50-hour work week. Race riots ensued across the US after African American boxer Jack Johnson defeats white American boxer James J. Jeffries in a heavyweight match. By the end of 1910, a form of pneumonia plague spreads through Manchuria (Northeast Asia,) into the early Spring, killing more than 40,000. In early 1911, 146 female garment workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York die in a factory fire because management locked the doors to stairwells and exits during business hours. European Italians resort to aerial bombing as a tactic in an attempt to establish control over Libya, Africa. A total of 1,517 die in the Spring of 1912 when the Titanic strikes an iceberg in the northern Atlantic Ocean. The state of California passes a law in 1913 restricting Japanese immigrants from owning land in the state of California; Governor Hiram Johnson is quoted as saying: “We have prevented the Japanese from driving the root of their civilization deep into California soil;” two days later: the US puts a limit on Japanese immigration and excludes them from acquiring citizenship. US Admiral Bradley Fiske warns that a war with Japan is “not only possible, but even probable,” after the Japanese express anger and feelings of being slapped in the face by whites who believe themselves to be superior to Japanese. In South Africa, white parliament passes a similar law forbidding Blacks from owning or buying land from whites. In 1914, The Wall Street Journal describes a move of Henry Ford as “blatant immorality and a misapplication of ‘Biblical principle’” when Ford increases the minimum wage of his workers to $5 an hour. The second Sunday in May is proclaimed to be Mother’s Day by Congress and US President Wilson. World War I, The Great War begins on July 28th. In August, Japan declares war on Germany, and by November Germany’s colonial troops at Qingdao surrenders to Japan. The US rejects a proposal in 1915 to give women the right to vote, even though four states already allowed women the right to vote. Babe Ruth, an African American baseball player hits his first career home run. Henry Ford accuses the German Jewish bankers of causing the Great War.

 

To be Continued…

Coming: Japhetic History – The 20th Century Part 2

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