In 1908 Ford Motor Company unveiled the Model T. The Model T changed our nation forever. Automobiles flooded the roads of cities years after the invention. In the early years, only rich people got them, but they changed the transportation in America. This impacted me because I use a car everyday to get to school or other places. Cars are the most common form of transportation today.
The first jet engine was created by Frank Whittle. The jet engine affected our nation greatly. It allowed people to efficiently travel long distances. The jet engine allowed people in the US fly to other countries, and made war easier. I use planes to go on vacations, so the jet engine allows me to travel other places. The jet engine is still part of present day planes, and allows people to travel around the world.
The invention of the television made many new businesses. It also made a new way to televise news or shows for pleasure. Television was the start of many new industries in our nation. I use television for many different things. For example, I play video games with my TV, and watch the news to see the weather. Most people use televisions today for a variety of reasons.
The first real synthetic plastic was created by Leo Baekeland. Plastic was a very important innovation because it makes up many different products. Plastic hurt and helped our nation. It hurt our nation because it caused pollution. It helped because it is used for many different things, and is more convenient than other materials that are tedious to make. Plastic helps me because plastic water bottles hold water for me. Plastic is heavily relied on today to make things, maybe too heavily because there is pollution from it.
Industrialization and urbanization transformed the economy. Many people immigrated to America with hope, but most ended up living with low wages in terrible living conditions. The working class of New York was in poverty. This hurt our nation because there were rich "robber barons" controlling our economy, and the rest were starving and hopeless. This taught me that I have such a good situation compared to people in that time. This era was another example of what our present nation can't become.
The Great Depression was the worst economic crisis in history. The stock market crashed which sent Wall Street into panic and investors were lost. To sum it up, everyone lost money and were in poverty. This showed our nation that not everything was going to be easy. It hurt our nation, but made sure we would not let it happen again. This taught me that everything could be taken from me in the blink of a eye. This event is still remembered today as one of the biggest crisis' in our nations history.
Illinois halfback Red Grange scored six touchdowns in a 39-14 win over Michigan. Red Grange was the best sports player of his era changed football in college and pro. Football and Red Grange took American's minds off of issues within the nation, and gave them an escape from troubles. This impacted me because it was against Michigan, and I thought it was amazing that someone could achieve something that great. This event is remembered today as one of the greatest performances in sports history.
In the 1936 Olympics, Hitler was in the midst of his evil plans. Hitler was against Black people, and basically anyone that wasn't Aryan, so he didn't want Jesse running. Instead Jesse didn't listen and ran for 4 gold medals. This made Hitler because America beat Germany and 6 gold medals were won by African Americans. This inspired African Americans all over the world, and Americans in general because they had defeated Germany in an important event. This inspired me to not always listen to what people say you should do. This is viewed as a highly influential event even today.
Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in the MLB when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. This event changed our world as a whole. At this time Blacks were looked down upon, but this event gave a sense of hope and respect for them. African Americans in America got more hope and realized they could go farther than they thought. This event definitely taught me that you can do more than you think. Today, Jackie is highly praised and still gives people hope. His number (42) is retired in the MLB for all teams.
Babe Ruth made a pointing gesture "Calling His Shot" saying where he was gonna hit the ball. This revolutionized the sports world because everyone around the nation thought this act was amazing. He inspired many people to play baseball and try to be like him. This impacted me because Babe Ruth is a player I aspire to be like. Even today, people remember this event, and still want to be like Babe.