A. Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Her flight empowered women in the 1900s. B. Amelia is still a strong female role model a hundred years later, at least to me. C. Today we can find role models in Tarana Burke, Beyoncé, Malala Yousifazi, and Michelle Obama.
A. The Spanish flu pandemic wiped out 3-6% of the world's population. Due to the mortality rate, daily services and businesses were forced to close. C. Today, our chances of survival would be improved, but we would still face many deaths. B. Learning that the Spanish flu was just a strand of your everyday illness, makes the germophobe in me want to curl up into a ball underground.
A. The ban of alcohol in the 1920s led to the rise of gang violence through bootlegging and speakeasies. B. While I've never experienced prohibition personally, I would be upset if my right to eat or drink something was revoked. C. Today, prohibition isn't a pending threat, however, many would be angered if the 2nd amendment was not upheld.
A. On October 29, 1929, investors traded millions of shares on the New York Stock Exchange. On this day, known as Black Tuesday, billions of dollars were lost. The crash was a major factor in the beginning of the Great Depression. C. Recently, the stock market has demonstrated steady growth, however, what goes up must come down. B. Just two weeks ago, my mom pulled money out of the stock market because she "feared an impending sell-off and didn't want to see college money go down the tube."
A. During the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, people, livestock, and crops were demolished. Besides death caused by the Dust Bowl, the lack of crops effected Americans everywhere. C. A modern day Dust Bowl is unlikely due to our advanced farming techniques and technology. B. However, if a Dust Bowl occurred, I would not pursue a career in farming.
A. The Great Depression controlled not only the stock market, but resulted in the decline of industrial output and job availability. C. During the Great Recession of 2008, unemployment and foreclosure rates spiked. Today, it is unlikely we would slip into a Great Depression because of current monetary policies. B. When our generation enters the work force, a steady economic climate would be beneficial for us.
A. The world began to notice dictators evolving throughout the 1900s. Rulers like Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini shaped major world conflicts. C. Today, we see many dictators ruling third world countries. B. Not only do these dictators pose threats to their own countries, they threaten other nations as well. That worries me.
A. Once China fell to communism in 1949, the United States suspended diplomatic ties for decades. The United states no longer being in alliance with China was significant. C. China and the United States currently have a mutual relationship, however, if China attacks, the results would be deadly. China is a nuclear power and maintains a vast military force. B. If ties between China and America are broken I will be worried.
A. When the Cold War began in 1947, tensions rose between the United States and the Soviet Union. The hostility led to international incidents. C. Recently, China accused the US of 'Cold War mentality' over our nuclear policy. B. As an American citizen, obviously all the talk of bombs and nuclear war makes me uneasy.
A. The Treaty of Versailles, while ending World War 1, insulted Germany. The anger only fueled the fire for World War 2, which resulted in more than double the casualties. C. If another world war were to emerge, given our technology and new means of warfare, results would be detrimental. B. Anyone would be concerned under these conditions.