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Something New Under The Sun Essay

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John McNeill, in his informative book, Something New Under the Sun, he discusses how the twentieth century brought the world into a steady decline. Although the world has improved technology-wise, it has also had a decline that overshadows the improvement we have seen. McNeil goes on to prove that it is humans, with our new technology are the reason behind this fateful decline. The world’s population has positively and negatively affected the twentieth century world by bringing “ecological changes” that will forever change the world(4).
In his book, McNeill chapter by chapter, explains that the people living in the world are positively affecting the world in an abundance of ways. Firstly, the fact that the worlds population has almost quadrupled within the last one hundred years proves that the world can quickly be manipulated, and made better (271). With hundreds of millions of people all living in unison the world will most definitely be impacted. An invention that helped jumpstart the industrial revolution, and helped better the world is the invention of the Model T automobile. The Model T brought many jobs to the United States in the middle of an economic crisis. First, people were needed to assemble the automobiles, but also, people were needed to pave roads for the automobiles to drive on. This was all apart of F. D. Roosevelt’s New Deal (311). The automobile was not only beneficial to the life of millions, it also brought the use of many new inventions; such as, the assembly line and removable parts. The invention of these parts has since continued to benefit the world. Companies are able to produce machines in a quicker and convenient manner, which thus creates a larger profit for them. With the invention of vaccines, the world was also bettered. Vaccines extended the lifespan of all people in developed countries, and took people who had a disease out of their misery. The slave trade, imperialism, and mosquitoes are a few of the ways disease was spread around the country (196-197). In 1929, penicillin was discovered by Alexander Flemming. Frustrated by the difficulty of producing penicillin, he gave up. The thought of penicillin died down until 1940, when Howard Florey started working with the drug that medicine throughout the world was changed. He figured out how to easily make penicillin (198-199). The invention of the microscope helped push the invention of different medicines forward, because it enabled one to see the virus’ more easily (199). With the use of dams, the people of the United States, and all around the world were able to save their land, and use water more effectively. Countries around the world were increasing their use of dams to expand irrigation, control flooding, and to create electricity (157). Also apart of F. D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, was the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority). The TVA built dams around the country, improving each states way of life, but also those who helped build the dams during the...

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