The American Dream
The original colonies were created for economic gain, religious freedom and a method to deal with criminals. America was founded as a result of tyrannical rule of the King of England. Pioneers and homesteaders spread across the continent for many of the same reasons, displacing/killing native Americans and others along the way. The Civil War came about, again, for many of the same reasons. The North and South had economic and political differences that forced a wedge between the nation. Slavery was important, but not the driving force. African Americans fought for the right to vote after the Civil War and received it as part of the 15th Amendment. The Industrial Revolution describes a period of technological advancement that gave people an opportunity to improve their lot in life while creating an upper economic “class”. Women fought for their right to vote and received it in 1919. The US was relatively an isolationist nation until WW1. It takes 3 years before President Wilson brings America into the war and only after Germany offers Mexico the SouthWest US in exchange. While supporting Britain, it still takes 2 years and Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor before the US enters WW2. In the ’50s & ’60s, citizens fight for civil rights while a President focuses us to go to the moon and play a calculated part in the Cold War fighting communism on a world scale. This results in building successful and failed democracies, establishing strong and less than effective allies, tying ourselves to oil rich nations. The ’70s bring about great disollutionment with goverment due to Vietnam, Watergate, Iran, terrorism and hostages, energy shortages and failed economic plans.
Let’s stop there before we get into too much current politics…
I’m not a historian and what I laid out is riddled with holes and fallacies. But there is a theme there… The American Dream. A struggle for improvement. Our progress is wrought with tragic mistakes, but filled with hope.
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