Here’s a double rarity for this media. The attached is not from Ron Edge’s “clipping service” but from a microfilm reader at the U.W. Library. The reason for sharing this page from the Jan 10, 1902 Daily Bulletin (a Seattle tabloid “devoted to Courts, Finance, Real Estate, Building and All Industrial Improvements”) is its clue to contemporary politics, which can be read directly below the part marked with a translucent red marker. It expresses a sentiment that comes out of the joy of war got for Hearst and Roosevelt (representative citizens – pars pro toto – then for the nation) by beating up on Spain and the Philippines and so exhilarated the nation and brought such confidence that it was ready and eager for more broad-shouldered foreign jarring – or “big stick” jousting – in the name of “20th century progress.” This was the first bloom and blush in the courtship of government and industry that soon gave birth to what we now call the “military industrial complex.” Those that recall their world history will remember that 1902 was in the thick of the Age of Imperialism. We never left it.
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