new.jpegSacrifice and Freedom- Vietnam War Era

How did the decisions made by various presidents regarding Vietnam increase U.S. involvement?

Perhaps one of the most controversial eras of our history next to the Civil War, the Vietnam divided the United States perhaps like no other war in recent memory. Vietnam was the United States' longest engagement. Like any war much sacrifice was given on the battlefield in the jungles of Vietnam and also when our soldiers returned. The question that lingered throughout the war, was for whom is this being fought for? Whose freedom was being gained at the sacrifice given by soldiers that fought in a land that was not their own?
The following video is about Michigan Vietnam veterans.

Innovations of a Decade- 1950-1969

How did items from this decade inspire items that we have today?

We have wild dreams on what our future will look like. What did the Boomer Generation think their future was going to look like? Disneyland was brand new during this time and devoted an entire park to designing 'Tomorrowland'. What did they believe was going to change the future(for them the 1980s) during the 1950s?

iGeneration- Four Generations: Boomers, Xers, Net Gen'ers, Millenials

What can have a significant impact on a generation?

I'm big on allowing music to speak for itself and explain what I want to say. For those not familiar the following is a montage of the band The Who, who were HUGE in the 1960s through the 1970s. Their song My Generation captured the feeling of a generation when it was released in 1965. Listen to the words closely. Do the lyrics speak to you today?


Invisibility and Invincibility- Cuban Missile Crisis and 9/11

How does the culture of fear drive us to make the decisions that we do?

(From Wikipedia) The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the Soviet Union, Cuba and the United States in October 1962, during the Cold War. In September 1962, the Cuban and Soviet governments began to build bases in Cuba for a number of medium- and intermediate-range nuclear missiles with the ability to strike most of the continental United States. Did the Soviet Union feel invisible on the global stage next to the US?
Most Americans did not know the extent of what was going on, though when made public, the fear of the potential of a nuclear attack became very real for Americans. Since World War II, relations between the US and Soviet Union had cooled (hence the Cold War) and throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, the fear of a potential attack was around, perhaps through propaganda and also a genuine threat. Fast forward to 9/11- The attack on the United States was very real and devastating. Did the US feel invincible in the world prior to 9/11?

Unity and Division- Use of Propaganda and Japanese Internment during WWII

How should national security be balanced against civil rights?

(From Wikipedia) Between 1941 and 1944 propaganda within the United States focused on all Axis powers during World War II, but the focus became the relocation of Japanese-Americans from the West Coast during World War II. Several types of media were used to reach the American people such as motion pictures and newspaper articles.





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