The one that stands out to me the most is the rational decision made by Woodrow Wilson to enter the war. When the United States entered the war the tables had finally turned to benefit the Allied Powers. Before that time both the Allied and Central Powers were balanced and looking for new Allies to support them in winning the war. The Tables were finally turned favoring the Allied Powers including the British Empire, France, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Belgium, and the United States of America, while the Central Powers of Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were defeated in 1918. After the war it brought on a lot of changes all over the world, such as women gaining the right to vote, and the Treaty of Versailles was signed, which declared Germany responsible for starting the war and ordered them to pay reparations.
The Civil War was a predictable, it could not have been avoided. President Lincoln tried to push it back, but failed miserably. The differences between the North and the South were growing with every single minute of debate over slavery, economy and politics. The secession of the states was becoming more and more inevitable over the sixth decade of the 19th century. After the Civil War, the reconstruction of the south began, making new laws, new forms of living.
Southern Republicans synchronized with the blasting economy of the South and the clearing political changes in the district to develop as the prevailing party in the South. The impoverished South of the 1870s had offered route to a prosperous Modern South of metropolitan urban communities, agribusiness, industrial plants, tourism, and service industries. Blacks had picked up the vote and the entrance to open office that they were denied to before, and this time their hold on office appeared to be more secure. Politicians of the Democratic Party in the South were moving far from white
Around the 1960s, the Liberals were showing that they associated dignity was self-deficiency by 1972 the Liberals define dignity as freedom. The policy of entitlement liberalism had many consequences because of the reaction against this philosophy. There was a growing political interest and attacking the AFDC because of the conservative opinions. Governor Reagan and Senator Herman wanted to improve the efficient mass of the word incentive program because of their response. Still by the 1970s there was a still division between the deserving and undeserving poor.
American politics are an ever changing thing, going from things such as Republican to Democrat with a single election, or from being under rule of England to becoming a free nation. A special time in American politics is the time period after WWII. Although there were three major events that had changed American politics, only two events drastically changed them. The first is the known as the “silent majority”, one of the major reasons why Richard Nixon was re-elected. The second is anticommunism in the 1940’s, also known as McCarthyism or the second Red Scare.
These divisions went far beyond cotton and economics. A country continuously divided on this major issue could not have survived. The fight over the expansion of slavery into the territories is a persistent problem in antebellum history. This problem caused strife between North and South lasting decades. Progress, greed, racism, and economic gain are the causes of much bloodshed and almost the complete destruction of a nation.
Finally, the social impact of illegal immigrants is also an issue. Immigration has been a major social issue since the end of the 20th century. Some people believe that a society of illegal immigrants whom are living among legal immigrants will be an optimistic scenario of both sides living in harmony (Martin, 1994). Others believe that it will be a pessimistic scenario with ethnic and racial groups going against one another, both within the immigrant community and between immigrants and natives. Another negative effect of immigration is that immigration is rising in the United States every year changing American culture.
Dred Scott v. Sandford is one of the darkest cases in the history of the Supreme Court. After years of slavery, parts of the United States were beginning to head in a direction away from slavery. The establishment of the Missouri Compromise and gaining some territories as slave states and others as free states, was proof of this shift from slavery, especially in the north (Pearson Education Inc. 2005). The Scott v. Sandford decision, in which an African American man was denied both his freedom and his citizenship to the United States, did not link up with this new way of thinking. The divided opinion amongst the Justices illustrated the divided nation (Scott v. Sandford 1875).
Party strength is a measure of the ability of a party to get people to vote for its candidates. The post-World War II shift in party strength was part of a massive shift in policy over time. Scholars saw Republican politicians increasingly excel at getting elected at the local level (Lublin 2006), to offices in the state (Hayes and McKee 2007), and federal governments (Black and Black 2002, 1992; Shafer and Johnston 2006). It is difficult to see how the Republican Party would have become the majority in Congress in 1994 without the increased voting strength in the South. This marked a dramatic shift in national policy.
No, I disagree with this proposition that Reconstruction was a missed opportunity. In the history of the United States, "Reconstruction" refers to the policies between 1863 and 1877 when the U.S. focused on ending the slavery, demolishing the Confederacy, and rebuilding the nation and the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln’s whole post war idea was to facilitate and reconciliation but he was assassinated and we left with Andrew Johnson. Although the slavery was banned, segregation created new social injustice, which lasted for another century. Economically speaking, the South was never recovered completely and there were specific problems left unsolved over state rights.