Part Three of America's Forgotten History takes us from the end of the Civil War to the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurection. We look at Reconstruction, the Indian Wars in the West, the land grant railroads of the West, the labor and farmer movements, the rise of Populism and Progressivism, Jim Crow laws and the freedmen after Reconstruction, the Social Gospel and Christian Socialism, and finally America joining Europe and Japan in the pursuit of empire. 1898, the year it became an explicit and unabashed empire, was a great if largely ignored turning point in American history, pointing America forever in a different direction. The perspective of this series is libertarian or classical liberal; the hope is that it is a good story sympathetic to all sides.
About the Author
In 2016, Mark Ledbetter returned to America after a forty year sojourn in Japan, raising a family and keeping an eye on America with both the knowledge of an insider and the eyes of an outsider, capping his career with three years as a visiting professor of linguistics at Hosei University in Tokyo. He arrived back in the United States in October of 2016, just in time to witness a political earthquake, one of those historical episodes rife with potential and danger, which give life, and sometimes death, to the story of a nation. Either way, he intends to monitor the process, doing what he can in his small way to save the Great American Experiment. He has written extensively on both linguistics and history, publishing in both English and Japanese.