Ranking 20th Century U.S. Decades by Problems1
19th Century Ended with Monarchs in Control of Europe, Government Social Responsibility Growing
 and Increased US Immigration.       

20th Century Decade Evolution


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Great Depression
Dust Bow
  Keynes wins battle with classical economists
or did he?


War II4  

Cold War5

Marshal Plan rebuilds Europe helping U.S economy. Truman Doctrine hopes to contain fears about  communism.


Flu Pandemic


Labor Unrest
Red Scare

Progressive Era continues as US slowly accepts social responsibilities including hookworm  parasite elimination which increases southern worker and school productivity.

Vietnam War
4 Assassinations
Social Unrest

Cold War


War and Segregation Turmoil dominate the decade.

Korean War4
Asian Flu

Polio Epidemic  

Cold War5
Race Turmoil

2 Small Recessions 
Red Scare

Economic Expansion grows middle class.




Two  Small Wars4


Two tax cuts and Medicare D expand debt.

Social Unrest
Sever Recession

Yellow3 Fever Epidemic 

Progressivism begins a movement away from Oligopoly Power toward Social Responsibility.
Yellow Fever ends in US
Stagflation   Watergate
2 Oil Crises
Iran Hostages
Elderly hurt by inflation and inadequate safety net.


A Sever Recession

  Ronald Reagan cuts taxes, deregulation era begins,  middle class wages stagnate, home equity loans replace home improvement loans, debt explodes


    Flat world free trade continues middle class plight. 



Small Post WW I Recession

Economy expands as Wall Street and business rebuild Europe.
      Great Recession ends quickly as government prints what could be money, Health Care Expands, Many Already With Government Subsidized Health Insurance2 abhor the changes.
Send Suggestions to antonw@ix.netcom.com                         footnotes on page 2
1The devastating affects of war on the human condition make it the most terrible event.  The devastating affects of unemployment on the human condition make it the second most terrible event. prepared by Walter Antoniotti  2Company paid tax free health insurance,
Medicare over budget, Veterans Health Care,
Medicaid, Hospital must help uninsured with 
cost paid by society.
3Health Problems
1902 Scarlet Fever deaths peak at close to 5,000 and slowly drop thanks to penicillin.  
1905 Last Yellow Fever epidemic killed 20 in US as misquote control eliminated cause, vaccine follows in 1936.
1916 Measles
12,000 mostly children died, vaccines finally eliminates most cases by early 1980's.
1918 Spanish Flew
500,000 died in US. This could have been the cause of the recession following WW 1.
1921 Diphtheria
206,000 cases, 15,520 mostly children died.
1953 Polio strikes
57,628 with 21,000 paralyzed, vaccine followed but took a while now gone from US. 
1957-58 Asian Flew 
70,000 died in US.
1968-69 Hong Kong Flew
34.000 died in US.
1985-95+ AIDS killed ten-twenty thousand per year. Annual  deaths peaked at 41,699 in mid 1990's and then
                 quickly drops due to super drug development and availability. Total deaths! 658,507 
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella &1995 Chicken Pox vaccines made childhood safer and more 
                 enjoyable as did seat belts, infant safety seats, bicycle safety helmets, and other child safety requirements.    
4U.S. Cost of War
Nineteen-month World War 1  killed 116,516 from all causes with 204,002 wounded in action. The resulting  peace treaty penalized Germany and divided the Ottoman Empire among the many of the winners. It planted the seeds of the War on Terror.

Four years World War 2 killed 405,399  from all 
with 670,66 wounded in action. Losers
were not punished and the Russian Bear used
 world conquest to hide economic inadequacies. 
CIA Knew Nothing. Nothing!

Three year Korean War  killed 36,574 with 103,284 wounded in action. South Korea remained free and meaning Japan could get by with a small defense
budget freeing capital for economic development.

The very long Vietnam War2 killed 58,220 with over 
153,303 wounded
with few important positive results.

As of 12/31/14 Afghanistan War killed 2,312 with 
20,026 wounded with few important positive results.

As of 5/29/12 Iraq War killed 4,425 with 32,223 
wounded with few important positive results.
5Cold War 1 After WW 2 Communists seize power in Poland, closed access to Berlin resulting in Western Allies airlift, 
explode an atomic bomb and won a revolution in China.

The Korean War was just the beginning as Russia first got  the Hydrogen bomb, put down revolts in Poland and Hungary, and launched 2 Sputniks.  The Suez Cannel crisis caused those who advised the use of nuclear bombs in the Korean War against  China again wanted them use it against China in reference to Taiwan and Formosa. Ike didn't listen and in 1961 JFK didn't listen to these same advisors.

1960's began with the Cuban Missile Crisis and a US U2 spy plane fiasco which ended the very brief Paris Peace Conference.



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1975 New York City $1.3b paid back +interest
1979 Chrysler Motors $1.5b paid back +interest
1982 Oklahoma-based Penn Square Bank $65m
1984 Continental Illinois Bank bailout $14b
1980's Savings and Loan $124.6b [2]
2009-10 Great Recession TARP $24b, Detroit $16b GM 
and C workers have jobs and US economy has recovered much quicker than Europe. At 2% per year in higher GDP 
we are making north of  $300b per year over an austerity 
based GDP.

Determinates of U.S. Individual Well-Being
1) Society's accumulations are key to the 
    well-being of its citizens. Think how the
    public safety net has increased since the 1930's
    and the success of the federal
children's bureau.
2) Scientific achievements have continuously added
    to citizen well-being. Think public health, smart 
    phones, streaming audio/video, Gillette Stadium...
3) Personal Income which is a function of nature and
     nurture has increased continuously if not always rapidly.
     Think Russia, China, and Europe's really slow recovery
      from the Great Recession.