At some point, United States reached a peak and then began its decline. As someone who loves this country, I do not exult in this decline. But I do realize that, over the grand sweep of human history, cultures come and cultures go.
Apex USA is a stab into the darkness, an attempt via ad images to locate the exact point in the 20th century when America reached its cultural peak.
Is a LIFE ad for Pullman coaches really indicative of what was going on in America in 1937? Isn’t that a distorted view? Yes. But a serious, tight-lipped historical account would be equally distorted. Pick your distortion.
This is not a yearning for the past. As time goes by, you gain some things, lose others. There are no answers here. Only evidence.