The Great Depression had begun in American society and a well known leader emerged to lead the country in Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Understandably one of the greatest achieving Presidents in American history. However, during the Great Depression critics emerged and national figures rose that challenged Roosevelt. In Alan Brinkley’s, Voices of Protest, he focused on two remarkable men Huey Long and Charles Coughlin that became opponents of Roosevelt's and led to a popular uprising that became more powerful than any movement since the populist movement. Brinkley credited them and said they were able to challenge the nation’s economic and political system through the use of the radio.
In An Example for All the Land, Kate Masur focuses on the struggle over issues of racial equality in Washington D.C. during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The title of this book comes from a statement made by Senator Charles Sumner that Washington D.C. was “an example for all the land.” This book was written with the use of an extensive amount of research. Masur used newspapers from this time period, United States government reports on Washington D.C., and many other sources to gain the information used to write this book. Masur’s main idea and focus of this book was to look into detail on the concept of equality. Masur’s book is broken down in seven chapters but actually could be broken down into two parts.
In the book, “When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America,” by Ira Katznelson, he takes us, the readers, back to the 1930’s through 1950’s during the when he considered affirmative action to be pro-white rather than today’s perception of affirmative action where we ensure that interviewees are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, belief, color, or national origin. Katznelson points out that this period of history was driven by politicians during the New Deal started creating government programs in order to take care of the wellbeing of people, their work, and during World War II in the 1930s and 1940s. The government intentionally single out and treated the vast majority of African Americans very differently. The fundamental issue was the support of Southern representatives in Congress was needed in order for the Democratic leaders to pass laws that are not in favor to African Americans. Simply put, that the New Deal union was being framed as a real mean middle man, making bargains between white people that want to help (aka progressives) and the white people that do not want to help and keep all the government benefit to themselves (aka
To be politically correct was now discretional. The reformation of civil rights and societal norms during the mid-twentieth century was a monumental moment in American history. From racial desegregation, to women breaking away from a male dominate society; they all have contributed to the liberalism and diversity of present day America.
Lincoln supports his claim on reunification of the United States by employing antithesis, parallelism, and repetition with the intentions of honoring the lives of those lost in the battle at Gettysburg in order to construct the perfect union. In the introduction of his speech Lincoln utilizes parallelism to emphasize that the nation was “conceived in liberty”, based on a priminace of freedom and “dedicated to the proposition that all men [and women] are created equal”. When the sixteenth president delivered the
World War II also led to more hard times in America, and Roosevelt helped lead America through it. Because WWII came in the midst of the Great Depression, Roosevelt was already busy. In order to contribute to the war effort against the Japanese and growing Nazi forces, Roosevelt helped allied countries by sending relief to places like Britain, which is only miles away the Nazi regime(Lend-Lease Act,2009). This Allied forces combat against the Axis powers until the American could fully commit to joining the war with infantry. Once this commitment happened American troops landed in Europe and helped fight against the enemy, and also contributing to the biggest battle in history, the D-Day Invasion.
Beginning with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration in 1933, the New Deal was passed in the context of reformism and rationalism as the United States proceeded through the Great Depression. The American people looked to the President to instill reform policies to help direct the country out of an economic depression, and thus often sought to abandon the society that existed before the Great Depression. Roosevelt instituted New Deal policies to attempt to combat this period of economic decline, many of which were successful and appealed to the American people’s desires. President Roosevelt’s New Deal is often criticized for being excessively socialistic in nature, thus causing dramatic changes in the fundamental structure of the United
Lincoln tried to rationalize the emancipation of slaves, which at that time was viewed as unconstitutional, by endorsing The Declaration of Independance. The declaration declares that “all men are created equal.” but the Constitution is very selective in who they consider to be equal. The Gettysburg Address was used to let the American people know where Lincoln stood on the issue of slavery, which to this day still remains one of the most known speeches in American history. It implied that all men are created equal, but at that time it was quite the opposite. The United States Constitution was Devoted to the fact that only white males were created equal.
In The Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J Ellis, the founders of America-Washington, The Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, and Burr-are discussed and examined from top to bottom. He goes back in time and goes over the events that took place then, explaining to the reader how the decisions the leaders made created the ripple effect that it had on the current time period. Periods in the timeline such as Washington retiring from The Presidency, The arguing between the North and South side over African slave trade, and the issue of the countries national debt are examples of what he discusses. As the book progresses, the reader is given a chance to view the timeline of events from a modern perspective, and
By the 1950’s, America’s illusively plaid appearance was being disrupted by a growing multitude of problems: increasing visibility of poverty, rising frustrations from African American communities, and a growing angst concerning America’s position in the world. In response, the United States’ leaders sustained their constitutional promise to promote the general warfare of society, by confidently indorsing policies that directly attacked these problems-to the best of their ability. When President Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy’s successor, sworn into office, he believed in the active use of power and legislation. “Between 1963 and 1966, he compiled the most impressive legislative record of any president since Franklin Roosevelt” (Brinkley 784). Among
The Radical and the Republican by James Oakes Book Review James Oakes’ The Radical and the Republican is a thorough and captivating account of two of America’s most distinguished figures, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. In his intriguing and polished work, Oakes examines the issues of slavery, race, politics, and war in America during the mid-1800’s. Though both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas engendered immense social and political change throughout the Civil War era, the relationship between the two men is often neglected. Oakes argues that as America went to war with itself, Lincoln’s antislavery politics and Douglas’s abolitionism gradually converged. James Oakes vivid political analysis chronicles the transformation of two of America’s greatest leaders as Lincoln embraces the role of the “radical” and Douglas embraces the role of the “republican” (104).
If one would argue that the origins of the Cold War should be traced to World War II and the breakdown of the wartime alliance between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. This all started by one act of betrayal. For example in Document C where Soviet Ambassador Nikolai Novikov states that “ The foreign policy of the United States ,which reflects the imperialist tendencies of American monopolistic capital, is characterized in the postwar period by striving for world supremacy.” The belief that freedom and democracy would die under the communist rule caused the United States to start a problem or feud that would last for a long time. The decisions made by the United States in W.W.II caused tensions to start between the U. S. and the Soviet Union. Communism spread though the nation.
No idea is more fundamental to Americans ' sense of ourselves as individuals and as a nation than freedom. The central term in our political vocabulary, freedom—or liberty, with which it is almost always used interchangeably—is deeply embedded in the record of our history and the language of everyday life. Before the readings and lectures in this module, I believed the major issues at stake regarding the understandings of American citizenship in the late 1800’s, had much to do with the written laws of the Federal and state government. Based from my previous knowledge, of the Women Suffrage Movement, to the freedom fighters, political and social figurative leaders, to lastly to civil rights, and citizenship, I my assumption of that, was based on written laws that white supremacists, and authoritative figures including the government followed, regardless of their feelings towards justice and equality. The Lecture 1 document in this module refers to British sociologist, T. H. Marshal’s distinction between three different types of citizenships; civil, political and social (Marshall, 1968).
He’s specifically speaking about the Civil Rights Act in the document, but the important message here is that he is saying this is revolutionary. He is saying that so many events have changed the way America runs that it has become revolutionary. Many things were contributing factors to the chaos, such as black rights and privileges, gaining states back into the Union, and the stable power in the federal government. A revolutionary outcome of America was the finale of the battles fought between many throughout
Despite the fall of Imperial Rome which was highly developed for its time, the Romans created many variations in politics, economics and social structure. When forming the United States, our founding fathers used the Romans ancient society as a structure for America. This ancient t model allowed America, early and modern alike, to spiral and become an outstanding figure in global affairs. Although the united states and rome are very different they are also alike in many ways. Rome and the United states are similar because they both have a dying middle class and they both had a generalized law.