When World War II ended, the United States rejoiced with what they assumed their victory would determine; total peace, the discontinuation of Communism, the return of all the dearly missed soldiers, and greater equality for all, especially in the workplace. Much to the dismay of many citizens at home during the war, these aspirations were not exactly what they expected. In the near short years right after the war, there was much prosperity and many were perfectly content, but in these years, many had difficult times with the changes that occurred after the war. With these rough times came many fears of the conditions of the country, but many of these fears were greatly calmed through the work of the President Eisenhower in the 1950s. In the …show more content…
From Statistics provided by the Department of Commerce from the years of 1949 to 1959, a steady increase is seen in the GNP, which shows the nation’s overall wealth (Document G). These numbers suggest the economy booming soon after the war, meaning that even during the recession of 1953 people had money enough and steady jobs to support their lifestyles. This was done during Eisenhower’s Administration, and the statistics show that the tactics he chose to increase the GNP worked, as it went up almost $500 in 10 years. Though the GNP went up, the government also spent much more money than previously, even on things such as the Interstate and Highway System. This system was put in place as a defense mechanism in June 1956, and was widely recognized across the nation as a grand idea to pull the nation back together. In the Saturday Evening Post in October 1956, the Interstate System is described as connecting “209 if the 237 cities having a population of 50,000 or more”, which was considered a huge success in the nation (Document D). People now would be able to escape from their cities if ever needed. Because of this, the threat of nuclear warfare didn’t seem as personal anymore, as people would have been able to get out of their homes in the case of an atomic bomb going
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Summer Soldier of the US If I was a soldier at Valley Forge I would leave for the harsh winters. Valley Forge is a winter camp set up by General Washington for his continental Army. This camp had harsh winters and many people died of Illnesses. The estimate of illnesses written by researchers in 1974 (document a), it shows how many people die from sickness. 50% of the people die there and that is equal to a 50 50 chance of dying.
Death and Empty Seats The year is February 1778, 18 miles away from Pennsylvania in Valley forge. We are dieing slowly,one by one, most of us are either sick or dead. This was intended to be the colonial army’s winter camp but instead it has turned into a graveyard. I am leaving because of the death count and illnesses,the diary of Dr.Albigence Waldo,and finally the engraving of the committee of congress. I was told that valley forge was going to be a breeze and the colonial army would be back on it’s feet in the spring,but I was wrong.
On August 29, 1911 Ishi, the last walked on the Sierra wilderness and into American culture. Ishi was treated less as a human-being, as his name was slandered by the San Francisco Call Article, which was not agreeable. This article describe Ishi by stating “with an assumption of stern dignity, yet trembling from burnoff hair to bare feet, the last of the cavemen took his seat among the crimson plush draperies and the glittering electric lights of the large box.”(San Francisco Call, Ishi Calls the Orpheum, The Heaven of the White People, Doc 4) That statement that the author, Grant Wallace made in some way tried to destroy Ishi humanity, which is to do to another human being.
How did World War I increase U.S. power? As a result of World War I the United States experienced relative and absolute gains in power and influence, as the former world powers of Europe were reduced to mere shells of their former selves by war debts, dried up economies, and an unrecoverable loss of life. The United States’s participation in the Great War solidified its status as the world’s leading economic and military power, primed to become the world’s dominant political power, a superpower in the making. The United States was on the cusp of greatness, but it would take another world war for it to accept this responsibility with earnestness and welcome the status of superpower.
After the Cold War tapered slightly in the 1950s, the American economy struggled to adapt, but remained prosperous as politicians labored to once again convert the wartime economy to a peacetime economy. Because a wartime economy often promoted economic growth, providing excess employment to produce weaponry and other war necessities, the American nation faced a potential economic disaster as the war concluded. As a result, President Truman proposed a process meant to make this transition as successful as possible: Truman’s program to ensure a smooth transition to a peacetime economy included proposals for unemployment insurance to cover more workers, a higher minimum wage, the construction of massive low-cost public housing projects, regional development projects modeled on the Tennessee Valley
Visualize you have to figure out how to stop world hunger. You decide to kill a bunch of people who suffer from world hunger every day. In the end world hunger is gone and no longer a problem in the United States. Did the actions you did to reach your goal justify. Ashoka had to ask himself this question too.
During world war II people’s lives changed in America it was hard for most men and women to provide imperative supplies for their families. American citizens had to do a lot of volunteer work because the government told them that it was for the nations wealth but really it was for the government. It was a hard time for Americans you couldn 't use cars, vacuums, and kitchen appliances until the war ended, and women didn 't have the rights to get a job and most men were sent overseas to fight in the war. Many women did volunteer work as in nursing the wounded soldiers who were in battle against the Nazis, Japanese, and Italians. There was a lot of racialism in America during that time period segregation was a big issue
The myriad reforms propounded by the New Deal propagated a period of tremendous social and economic change which redefined and transformed American society through the recovery, relief and reform of American society. The New Deal was founded from the tribulation proliferated by the Great Depression which enveloped American society in poverty, misery and despair. The Great Depression was an unforeseen and traumatic experience for many Americans and created a climate which was fertile for prodigious changes across economic, social and political institutions. The most significant change precipitated by the Depression was the New Deal, which provoked a profound revolution of American society and business and dispelled and mitigated the potency
The post World War II era can be characterized as a challenge to an array of political and social issues. This specific period occurred in the United States and lasted from the mid 1940’s through the 1970’s. The variety of issues included: African American Civil Rights, women’s rights, the risk of Communism, and America’s unceasing war endeavor by entering the Cold War promptly after the end of the second World War. These controversies ultimately led to the creation of numerous social movements.
On January 6th, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his eighth State of the Union address to Congress, known as the speech of the “Four Freedoms.” The purpose of this speech was to persuade Americans to shift their attention from the Axis threat to the British and allied troops in desperate need of support. During the time of this address, America was in a great state of isolationism. The majority of Americans sought to disassociate themselves from any foreign ties, including wars. “Policies to curb immigration quotas and increase tariffs on imported goods were implemented, and a series of Neutrality Acts passed in the 1930’s limited American arms and munitions assistance abroad” (“The Four Freedoms”1).
Harry Truman once said, “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” In today’s society, we have strayed away from those building principles that laid the path for America. The time of rebuilding for the United States was during the Great Depression and the two world wars. Through those times of distress, Americans found a way to persevere and get ourselves out of it.
Sociologists have determined, the predominant cause of a revolution in the world is poor economic conditions, where people are not able to get adequate income to take care of their bare necessities to feed themselves and make the ends meet. Hence, many resort to illegal activities, particularly in highly populated areas, where massive competition for jobs exists. As can be concluded, it is inevitable that eventually many of the people who commit illegal acts get caught by law enforcement authorities, and subsequently end up in jail. Accordingly, due to the instability of the economic and political growth, many people feel obligated to move elsewhere, not only to seek employment to support their families, but to find a better and safer environment to live in. This shows how resilient American people truly were.
In times of fear and hysteria in the U.S. it is mass chaos and it only gets worse and worse. During the time of both the witch-hunt eras, whether for communist or actual witches, they prove to have many similarities between them. Both of these times were full of confusion and lying which lead to the temporary downfall of the authority at that time. Joseph McCarthy proved to be a factor in this time and add on to the chaos that was America. Arthur Miller wrote about these times in a book called The Crucible, based on the witch trial era.
The American social landscape has greatly evolved since the beginnings of the twentieth century. Some of the progression can be seen in the book Hidden Figures. At the start of Hidden Figures, the 1940’s, we see the effect that World War II has on the sociopolitical landscape of America. Shortages of manpower at home force industries and businesses to hire women and African Americans to jobs that they typically would never had a chance at attaining. As the book progresses, we are allowed insight on the conflicts that arose after the war ended.
As of 1959, the United States had progressed to 50 states, which happened around the same time that “President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956” that “created a 41,000-mile National System of Interstate and Defense Highways” (“The U.S. Interstate Highway System”). After several Highway Acts later, the interstate system had expanded to the length and width it is at now. With that, companies such as FedEx, UPS, Box 1, and other major trucking companies have been able to thrive because of their fast means of shipping, creating a big business for transportation. Without an interstate system, our economy would collapse because of lack of trade. No means of communication would have been created