Nineteen Days That Unexpectedly Changed America

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10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America Summer Reading Test On December 3, 1901, a few months after the death of President William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt addressed the United States. He said, “Indeed, from every quarter of the civilized world we received, at the time of the President’s death, assurances of such grief and regard as to touch the hearts of our people. In the midst of our affliction we reverently thank the Almighty that we are at peace with the nations of mankind; and we firmly intend that our policy shall be such as to continue unbroken these international relations of mutual respect and good will.” While the death of President McKinley was indeed an important moment in United States history, it became more important because of what it led up to. While all of the dates studied in 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America, by Steven M. Gillon are obviously important, some seem more important than others. In this student’s opinion, September 6, 1901 seems to have a bigger influence on American History than, say, September 9, 1956. While History progressed in an important way during Elvis’s dancing on the Ed Sullivan show, the assassination of a United States President and the installation of the president after him seems to hold more value. According to Gillon, President William McKinley was the most popular president since Abraham Lincoln. He may well have been right. McKinley was a remarkable man. After teaching in Poland, Ohio, he fought
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