President Trump says he wants to make America great again. I suspect When Trump refers to America being great he is referring to the period after World War II up to the beginning of this century.
Who made America great in the first place and what are we now if not great?
To begin with many of our Founding Fathers owned slaves including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. This slavery helped create the wealth of these Founding Fathers and therefore a direct link exists between slavery and the creation of this country called the United States.
For much of the 19th century the United States was a struggling nation with a civil war over slavery. In the early part of the 20th century World War I broke out. Over 350,000 blacks served in segregated units. Many died for our freedom even though they were denied “equal freedom “.
The United States was not considered a world power at the beginning of the 1900’s. It was a nation mostly made up of people with roots in Europe. It was still struggling. The 1918 flu pandemic infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide. It killed more people than all the wars of the twentieth century combined, It ravaged families. In my Dad’s family alone more than half of his brothers and sisters were killed by this influenza before he was a teen.