The twentieth century had seen many things occurred within its hundred years. The fall of the empires of Europe as they went through a titanic war on their home continent and beyond, the rise of the Commonwealth as it replaced the British Empire, the resurgence of China as a world power and many others as well. Along with that were almost countless scientific and social advances that would have made living at the end of the century unrecognisable to those who lived at the start.
But perhaps one of the longest running and most influential of the political aspect of the century was what is now becoming known as the 'Century of Blood'. The title is somewhat dramatic as, despite the name, the collapse of order in the United States and the conflicts that followed didn't last for an entire century and even most conflicts themselves were limited to one particular region. These were still harrowing times for many Americans however, the uncertainty that came from a once mighty nation splitting into several have produced many scars across the continent that last until this day.
The fall and rebirth of the United States of America is a tale that has its many heroes and villains. Some saw the chaos and tried to make sense of it, others attempted to take advantage of it. The following collection of biographies will discuss these individuals who helped shape and change the course of American history for an entire century.
Going from the event which would directly lead to the break down of America to the first President to be elected once it was reunited, these collected essays will take a snapshot of one particular individual every four years. Starting from 1916, highlighting the event which kickstarted the Century of Blood, one person will be looked at during the year America would have had an election. These twenty-six individuals were the ones who helped create, shape and end the Century of Blood, although they were not the only ones.
As America is now a reunified, albeit smaller, nation, its past wounds can hopefully heal under a new political system and philosophies that flourished during the chaos. The United States of America now have a chance to reclaim what it has lost with a great potential future ahead of it. To understand its future though, we must first look at the past and those individuals who shaped it.
We start in 1916 and look to one of the most shocking terrorist attacks in the modern era. An event which would live in infamy and only be the start of the bloodshed to follow.