The Space Race was a crucial part in the advancement of technology. The United States of America and the Soviet Union were in a competition to get the first man in space. In 1957, a new era of space exploration had launched, this was known as the Space Race. The Space Race fueled the tension between the Soviet Union and the United States. Both countries were competing to get the first person onto the moon.
America has set a precedent in global history that other countries would eventually follow. Americans themselves have been regarded as the most patriotic for their country, and egotistical at that. Now when it comes to pride and confidence, one must have something to support their claims and beliefs. In America’s case, we have one of the largest economies on the planet, and one of the strongest militaries as well. How ever, one thing doesn’t seem to add up. In order to be one of the strongest economic powers, as well as militaristic. You would need very well educated citizens running the system, ranging from bank tellers, to stock investors. And even corporals, lieutenant, and sergeants need some form of proper education. Then why is it that time and time again, foreign countries are dominating us in the education field?
The sixties was a decade unlike any other. Baby boomers came of age and entered colleges in huge numbers. The Civil Rights movement was gaining speed and many became involved in political activism. By the mid 1960s, some of American youth took a turn in a “far out” direction. It would be the most influential youth movement of any decade - a decade striking a dramatic gap between the youth and the generation before them. The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage, written by Todd Gitlin, explains the rebellious youth movement, highlighting activist group, “Students for a Democratic Society,” the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights Movement. While some of the youth became politically active, others escaped into the counterculture – disbanding their faith in government and the ideals
Furthermore, one long-term impact of the Space Race is the improvement of foreign relations as joint efforts between the nations achieved far more with cooperation rather than competition. The Cold War was between two superpowers, both of which tried to compete with each other relying on their own nation’s resources, but in doing so they proved that both sides were capable of great feats. Therefore, when the war ended with a period of detente, the two nations teamed up in 1975 to launch the Apollo-Soyuz project, the first joint US- Soviet space mission. NASA astronauts in an Apollo Command and Service Module met Russian cosmonauts in a Soyuz capsule, but most notably a jointly designed docking module fulfilled the main mission, evidently showing that two different nations with different space-craft had the potential to both dock in orbit. Moreover, the mission itself allowed both sides to alter misconstrued perceptions of the others. US astronaut Vance Brand, who was on the crew said in an interview, “ we thought they were pretty aggressive people and… they probably thought we were monsters, so we very quickly broke through that, because when you deal with people that are in the same line of work as you are, and you’re around them for a short time, why, you discover that, well they’re human beings”(Brand). Significantly, his words suggest a possibility, which has now become a reality with collaboration on the International Space Station as one example. The ISS is a
The 1960s brought along important and beneficial changes to America, especially changes regarding gender roles and race relations. Even after World War II and the increasing tensions between the United States and Russia and Vietnam, America’s culture was changing faster than before. During the 1960s, gender roles changed for the better and race relations improved significantly.
The United States is a country with ever-changing morals, social norms, and ideas. Triggered by significant events such as new laws or wars, the changes that occur usually result in altered attitudes towards existing morals, norms, and ideas. One of the country’s most important changes was the huge cultural shift among young people that took place during the 1960s which had an immense influence on society.
In 1961 John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected as President of the United States of America, this would be short lived due to his assassination in Dallas, Texas in 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald. His administration would later be referred to as Camelot by his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Although he is more prominently known for the fact that he was assassinated which is recorded on video for posterity, I find that his role in the Cold War has been greatly overlooked by the general public. This is why I think it is important to look at his role during the Cold War especially due to the recent release of Kennedy’s assassination files, once again filling the media with conspiracies.
Began the Space race in America against the Soviet Union to close the “space gap”
The 1960’s were a period of social turmoil. The cold war had been brewing and was a contest of nationalistic interests between the US and Soviet Union to compete for militaristic, economic, social, and technological might. As the cold war culminated and became increasingly competitive, the United States and Soviets competed in the phenomenon called the Space Race, a competition between the two countries for supremacy in the frontier that is space. Although the Soviets reached space itself before the Americans, The United States took the advantage by landing the first people on the moon using the Apollo 11 spacecraft. The Apollo 11 moon landing influenced American nationalism in the late 1960s and early 70s by inciting a positive public reaction
Malcolm X once said “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepared for it today.” In the western world education plays a vital role in shaping our future; it determines if we will survive or fail in the world we created for ourselves. Our world is constantly changing and it requires a society that is well versed in understanding the problems deriving from cultural differences and tolerance of one another’s beliefs and perceptions. With the power of education we are able to deal with the problems of economic, government, religion and culture differences.
The essay “Three reasons college still matters” by]Andrew Delbanco brings up a controversial topic. . Delbalco proclaims three major arguments in favor of a college degree, which include economic, political, and self-development factors. The newer generation may not be getting higher education compared to the former. Delanco expresses his personal concern about the fact that American High Education is suffering from a calamity. He says “college doors” remain closed for numerous students. This creates an issue due to the fact that a large population of the people are limited to obtaining a higher degree of education. Thus, the future generation will be less educated than the previous generation. However, the thought of going to college becomes
The Space Race had an enormous impact on the way people viewed the world and changed the way the United States approached education. Science and math began to be encouraged in schools, NASA was founded and saw a massive increase in funding within nine years, and scientific achievements were more common than ever before. The Race took place between 1957 and 1975, and the world saw a large amount of technological and scientific advancements during this time.
The television had become very popular in the 1960’s because channels had started to be broadcasted in color. This made citizens want to watch the television more. However, only “15% of American homes” had color televisions. Broadcasting channels became very popular because they not only provided information about social issues, they also had new channels such as PBS. PBS was created to give children something educational to watch, which was not being broadcasted in that time. In the 1960’s, television was a main way to share ideas and social issues. This had been a major way to spread important ideas and topics in the 1960’s. This essay will address segregation, communism, and political views which were changed by the new technical advances
The 1960’s was a unique decade that made history. It was a time of change, with positive and negative events. The decade witnessed remarkable events such as the moon landing and the civil rights movement as well as some hardships as well. American astronaut and NASA pilot Neil Armstrong was a very significant figure during those events. The moon landing in 1969 not only summed up the 1960’s, but also gave the American people a glimmer of optimism. Neil Armstrong taking those first steps on the moon greatly affected the 1960’s in a positive way that affected the world today.
Throughout the 20th century, our views of space have changed. We started thinking about space, with the same way we started thinking about Pythagoras’s theory of how the world is round. Curiosity and rivalry have ignited the space race, but rivalry between United States and Soviet Union has boosted the development of the space race. The Cold War was ongoing so neither of country wanted to lose to each other. Also, this race determined which country was more advanced compared to another. With their passion, humans have achieved many accomplishments within 18 years and it is still being explored. Major accomplishments such as orbiting the Earth and landing on the moon were not easy as how our textbooks were written. Our textbooks briefly talk about it, but not so detailed. This paper will discuss the cause and effect, process, major space expedition made by both countries, and similarities they share.