AP US History
April, 7th, 2014
Effects on America (1945-1980)
From the creation of the United States, it had to overcome many things and take action on multiple issues. Starting with the French and Indian war that removed France from the original colonies, continuing to the revolts against taxes leading up to the American Revolution, when the United States won their independence from Britain, resulting in one of the most important documents in the United States, the Declaration of Independence and our first president, George Washington. Followed by the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy, that led to the Emancipation Proclamation that outlawed slavery in the United States. Then proceeding to the 1st and 2nd World Wars that gave us nuclear warfare, including the atomic bomb and the Hydrogen Bomb (the “H-Bomb”), the crash of the stock market, along with the Great Depression under the Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, the only president to be elected four times, and the fear of communism and the Soviet Union that carried on into the Vietnam War. All of these wars and events had a similar attribute to them, they had a great effect. From the year 1945 to the year 1980, many events affected United States history. Some of these events included; colored television, Elvis Presley (the invention of Rock & Roll), and the election of President John F. Kennedy.
Born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy had previously served in both the U.S. House of Representatives as well as the U.S. Senate before becoming president in 1961. Which many believed he won because of his personality: "He was the new kind of political figure that people were looking for that year, dignified and gentlemanly and well-educated and intelligent, without the air of superior condescension.", according to one of his aids during the election. As all presidents do, Kennedy had faced a multitude of foreign crises, including those in Cuba and Berlin, but managed to control and reach achievements such as the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and the Alliance for Progress. Along with those achievements, many others were made as a result of his differences in beliefs on many social and racial issues. This was a main reason for many Americans not being in favor of his views, both religious as well as political. Kennedy was the first Roman-Catholic to become president, most other presidents were Protestant. This helped to lead to his assassination while he was riding in a car during a parade in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.
Kennedy played a role in reinventing American politics for the better. President Kennedy took office during one of the most troubling and darkest times in American history. The Cold War between democratic and communist countries was becoming more aggressive, and the United States and the Soviet Union possessed enough nuclear weapons to destroy not just...