Hippies Dbq

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The second half of the twentieth century would be a time of both turbulent and simple change for the world and the United States. Hippies would rise as well as dictators, and a wall. Presley and Lennon would change the world when Castro and Franco did. Cuba gained new allies, and so did the US. There was a war in Korea, and one in Vietnam. A president resigned for the very first time, and a terrifying disease struck the world. There was a new type of war that wasn’t fought with bullets, and the internet was breaking through. And during the second half of the twentieth century, a man named John Fitzgerald Kennedy would inspire an unknown, largely untested America as it went through some of the most hellish years of its existence. John F Kennedy,…show more content…
They trained him to command PT boats that were overhyped by the Navy. Lieutenant Commander John Bulkley used them to “attract aggressive young officers to join the service… [but] Buckley had vastly exaggerated the importance and success of PTs” (87). It also had the potential to take a huge toll on Jack’s health. One sailor said that “riding in a PT was like staying upright on a bucking bronco” (88). Obviously these aren’t ideal recovery conditions for a man who’s had back surgery a few months prior. Jack served in the pacific, and as he served he began to realize how pointless the war seemed. He said that the pacific theater was “just God damned hot stinking corners of small islands in a group of in a group of islands in a part of the ocean we all hope never to see again” (100). One night, Jack became a hero. Since the PT boats that didn’t fire torpedoes also didn’t have radar, it was difficult for them to find each other. It was especially difficult during the night, when they couldn’t establish visual contact with each other either. This either made them sitting ducks, or hopelessly lost. Destroyers are much larger and much slower than PT boats, but Jack’s crew didn’t spot it in the time it took for them to get out of the way before the Japanese destroyer rammed their boat, killing 2 of his crew. Jack and the 10 other crew he saved swam for 5 hours before they got to Olasana island. Here, Jack found two…show more content…
However, he didn’t want the spotlight to be on him. He said that “The real heroes are those who don’t come back” (98). Did his heroism build trust and support for his future congressional races? His presidential race? Right now I’m working for a Senate candidate, Admiral Joe Sestak, whose goal is to gain the trust of American voters, as well as restoring the American dream. The American dream is a theme of the book from the very first few pages. Kennedy’s family on both his father’s and his mother’s sides trace their roots to Irish immigrants who came to America for a better life. Most of the time when people talk about the “American dream,” they don’t know that they’re talking about. Both sides of the aisle use it at irrelevant times, when it’s buzzword nothing crap. But it’s simpler than you’d think. The Kennedy family, and all the other families taught us that if you work hard enough, anyone can be successful. Politicians today use it in strange ways. They try to say “It’s good when things are good,” and that’s not the American dream. The American dream is coming to America to start a business to support your family. The American dream is the notion that anyone can serve their country. The American dream is going from a country of oppression to a country where you can own a business and start a safe family. The American dream isn’t measured with numbers and statistics, it’s measured with

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