The first thing to remember about history is that it is not simply about facts and dates, history helps provide a map that dictates to you as an individual and your society where it is exactly that you are going as well as where you are coming from. History affects the way we think, speak, and interact with each other. By looking at history, we see the way certain actions and decisions brought about events and what the consequences of those events were. Now hopefully we can use these to guide our decisions today to avoid the mistakes of the past, and help to create a better future. It can be debatable whether certain events somewhere along the chain of history in America changed it for the better or worse, although there has always been a way to improve upon mistakes to make for a better society in the future. As we citizens make everyday decisions as simple as what to wear, or decisions get as complex as the ones our president makes in the middle east, it all creates a story of events for future generations to comprehend, and although they could imagine how hard it could be to make decisions to legalize same-sex marriage, people can also agree that it helped for the future generations in the United States. In the beginning of World War II, there was much reluctance from US citizens for getting involved. Many people up till this day believe it was a war that tied up loose ends from World War I. It was a frightening experience for people the risk losing their loved ones going into the war, but Americans also had much pride for the soldiers that had to courage to fight another deadly war. The most deadly attack towards the United States was a naval bombing in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Japanese had hopes of wiping out a naval base that belonged to the United States, but instead, surprise attacked and killed thousands of U.S. Servicemen, as well as citizens. The United States viewed this as a major offense, and insisted on fighting fire with fire, literally. Seen as the final standings of World War II, the United States created an atomic bomb to wipe out the towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Relating back to my previous stated opinions, this seemed as a disaster for US citizens in that era, but came as a learning experience for citizens of today’s society. As the United States disposed of the enemy of Japan, they entered into a feud with Russia over whom the supreme country was, further entering themselves into the Cold War. This war was never physically fought, instead it remained the cautiousness of the countries’, or the wait to see which country would drop a bomb first. Both countries made it clear that they had bombs, although it lingered on as a threat, rather than an action. Many people referenced this war as a chess game, it was the game that tests the wiseness of each country. As a result of being cautious of the opposing countries’ threats, the United States founded the Federal Civil Defense Administration. This organization was set up mainly for the purpose of putting minds at ease. It made quirky commercials and advertisements of its mascot, Bert the turtle. These commercials portrayed a turtle ducking and covering, in which you were instructed to do if a bomb were to strike unexpectedly. It also gave warning signs of bombs striking, such as a bright light flashing, or a siren would go off if the bomb
October 25, 2014
After the French and Indian war, American colonists started to disagree with their mother country. Loyalists in the colonies wanted to stay under British rule. However, others, known as patriots, wanted to seek independence. The colonists were justified in breaking away from Great Britain.
One of the greatest reasons of why the colonists were justified in breaking away from Great Britain was because the colonists were taxed without representation…
History 252 1-215
USA: Empire or World’s Aid?
Having military bases stationed in over a hundred countries overseas and being able to drastically change the world’s economy by changes in our own country could be classification for an Empire like nation. The Untied States (US) presence throughout the world doesn’t go overlooked, everyone knows that we have our hand and say in almost every issue that arises. We have given ourselves this title of an “over watcher” of the world. Having…
US History 1
April 16, 2013
Over this past weekend, I had to watch the movie Glory, starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman for my U.S. History class. Even though I had to watch this movie for a class, action movies are my all time favorite genre of movies. So from start to finish of Glory, my eyes never left the television screen. I had some sort of interest in seeing this particular movie beforehand just by assuming it would…
US History I: Exam 1
Exam Date: Monday 30 March – 5 April 2015
General Information: This exam is entirely online. Once you log in, you will have
two hours to take the test.
I. Identifiers: Below are eight terms. Choose five. Describe them and give why
Sunday, March 22, 2015
they are important, what they were about, and when they took place. This section
will be 30% of the grade. Items after the first…
1941 to 1989
The United States went through many internal economic, political and social changes between 1941 and 1989. The changes that occurred during this time had just as significant effects on the United States as any other time in U.S. history. The changes that occurred did so during five time frames which included three actual wars which included World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. One war based on mistrust and ideology known as the Cold War never included any combat operations but, did…
Meghan Smith September 16, 2013
U.S History 1 Chapter 4
Reflection paper Homework
After reading chapter 4, I learned that the Slave trade was vital, but it was later described as a violation against humanity. Every European empire in the new world utilized slave labor and battled for control of this trade. The slave trade was a common business in which European merchants, African traders and American planters engaged in complex bargaining over human lives, with the…
1. What was the relationship between the early writings of John Adams: A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law and The True Sentiments of America and the Stamp Act of 1765?
- In A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law Adams explained that the opposition of the colonies to the Stamps Act was because the act deprived the American colonists of two basic rights guaranteed to all Englishmen, and which all free men deserved: rights to be taxed only by consent and to be tried only by a jury of…
In the 17th century, many European powers began to settle in the Southwest and English colonies in New England.
One of the most notable settlements was the Spanish conquest of North America. They were mostly religious Puritans
and some were victims of religious persecution back in their homeland. Though Southwest colonies and English
colonies were settled in the similar times, they were greatly different in religion and economic development because of
the native influences and different…
start with WWII
France controlled Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
WWII- japan invades Indochina
US supports Ho Chi Minh- Vietminh- commu nist group
Vietnam declares independence from France after WWII
Try to drive out Ho Chi Minh
France needs help and asks US
Anti- colonization v. anti- communist
Fear of domino effect
Soviet union- China- Korea- Vietnam… where does it stop?
By 1945 US paid around 3/4 of Frances war co sts.
Geneva Accords (1954)
Recognized Vietnam as independent…
Chapter 1 Questions:
1. The migration of the Asian peoples into North America was started by a land bridge connecting the continents. Asia and North America were once joined by a subcontinent called Beringia, which allowed migration from Asia to North America. This landmass eventually froz e over during the ice age, and is no longer there.
2. Evidence to support the hypothesis is the warming climate in that area at the end of the ice age.
3. Farming radically…