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1900-1949 Pivotal People & Events

By Charlotte Wilson; Top 10 Pivotal People & Events in the 1900s

1. Franklin D. Roosevelt

1. Franklin D. Roosevelt

A. He was president for 12 years, and he changed American society and politics for worse and for better. He helped America through the toughest times and stayed strong throughout it all. B. He did his best and did what he thought was best for our country. He had lots to deal with and I appreciate that. C. Politics have changed and we learn from past mistakes and learn from our own, so we know not to make them again. We learn from his presidency and from the events happening all around the world.

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2. Women’s Suffrage

2. Women’s Suffrage

A. Women had not been able to do much at this age, let alone take part in any political election. This changed many things for women. Allowing the right to vote for had been a huge impact on America at the time. B. This inspires me in many ways. Being a girl, especially during this time in politics, has been truly eyeopening. Many women have come together and fought together, as they had before. C. There have been many walks and rallies, just like it had been during 1900s. Women's right to vote changed how women were viewed. We started being seen as people, not as walking objects.

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3. World War I

3. World War I

A. The US saw social, political and economic changes during this time. The US was seen as war leaders afterward. B. Through both world wars, with the possibility of a third, this impacts me knowing and learning about changes America went through during this time. C. Again, with the possibility of a third world war, us Americans don't want to see what happened in the other world wars.

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4. Cold War

4. Cold War

A. The Cold War caused many Americans to fear how dangerous war is. B. This effects me now, for there is still the rivalry between the two countries. C. Although we are trying to make things right, there is still drama between many countries and us, because of this war.

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5. Great Depression

5. Great Depression

A. Many Americans were left in poverty and suffered greatly during the Great Depression. B. This could possibly happen again in my lifetime and this scares me as a human, for me and my family. C. Although we are far past this, it was only less than 100 years ago. This still carries in poor places all around America.

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6. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

6. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

A. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the most outspoken First Lady, and the longest one. She was an activist for women and had lots of positions in the White House. She worked for political, social and racial justice. B. Being a girl, seeing what women can accomplish, allows me to be inspired to do my own things. C. She is still talked about many times and even with the low rights women were given, she did everything she could and made a huge impact on society then and still on society now.

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7. Jazz Age

7. Jazz Age

A. During this time, African-American culture was brought to the white middle class. This brought out many iconic and famous black musicians, that are still listened to now. B. My dad loves jazz music, so he listens to many of the artists and musicians from this time. They are very talented and inspire me to continue playing instruments. C. Jazz music will always be remembered in the African-American culture, even now. This inspires many artists now, and even to jazz music up now.

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8. Mark Twain

8. Mark Twain

A. Mark Twain wrote many adventure stories, and he put humor into things that are serious and brought attention to things many Americans had put aside. B. I read 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' and I am very glad I did, because the story really does portray what life was like before the civil war for poor white people, and slaves. C. Many high school students have read his stories and this helps teach many teachers and kids what life was like for slaves during this time and what white society was like, and how much life has changed since then.

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9. Titanic

9. Titanic

A. During this night, many people died. This caught attention globally, the "unsinkable" ship had sunk. There were people from all over on that ship. B. This teaches me anything can happen at anytime, the even most bizarre things can happen. C. We now can build ships that move quicker, turn faster, and we brought the countries together to have this not happen again.

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10. Frank Lloyd Wright

10. Frank Lloyd Wright

A. Frank Lloyd Wright changed the way we build and live. He wanted to emphasize the American unique style using modern architecture. B. I have toured many of his houses, some in Chicago, Grand Rapids and many other houses. They are different to other houses you see, he adds his own touch. C. Many houses and buildings in this day are based off of his designs, many windows, small details. But his designs are gonna be hard to copy, so no house will be exactly what he could do.

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