A. Adolf Hitler influenced America by starting World War II. Despite the fact that it was Japan that truly caused America to enter the war, had Hitler never began to try to conquer the world and kill almost all minority groups, the war probably wouldn't have started in the first place. For this reason, I chose Adolf Hitler rather than World War II as a whole. B. Adolf Hitler's treatment of minorities is what most interests me about him. The fact that a person could be so cruel as to support the murder of over 11 million people is completely absurd. C. Hitler connects to the present day because of the comparison to political figures. On the left wing, Trump is often compared to Hitler, due to claims that he is xenophobic, racist, and homophobic. In the right wing, feminists are often referred to as "feminazis", because they are thought of as evil.
A. World War I impacted the nation economically and politically. Most of the economic impact was positive because there was little to no conflict on American grounds, so not as much money had to be dedicated to the war. Production and efficiency increased in many factories, but inflation skyrocketed. Overall, the war caused the economic success in the 1920's. Women entered the workforce, giving them not only more economic strength, but political and social strength as well. Unfortunately, an estimated 116,516 American lives were lost, but this amount is much less than many other countries, and most deaths were caused by influenza. Finally, by the end of the war, America became a world military and industrial leader. B. World War I interests me because of the overwhelmingly positive impact it had on America. It is so strange for me that such money can be made off of something as terrible as war. C. World War I connects to the modern day because of the way it affected how war is fought. It is referred to as "the first modern war" due to the introduction of many technologies used in combat to this day. Also, Geneva Protocol was introduced, restricting war usage of chemical and biological weapons.
A. The Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki impacted the nation mainly by ending World War II on the Pacific Front. They also introduced weapons of mass destruction to everyday Americans. B. These bombings interest me because I am curious about the health affects on survivors. The progression of the burns and the impact of radiation on the body are both very fascinating to me. C. The bombings connect to the present day because of the looming threat of nuclear war. With the Doomsday Clock at a mere two minutes to midnight, modern people often look back on the bombings, wondering if the world would have ever become so invested in weapons of mass destruction if Hiroshima and Nagasaki had ever been bombed.
A. The Great Depression impacted the nation by bringing intense economic hardship to America. At its lowest point, 15 million Americans were unemployed and millions of investors were wiped out. Industrial production was dropped by half and many banks completely failed. 2 million Americans were homeless and many farmers went bankrupt and lost their farms. B. The Great Depression interests me because of the untold story of many Americans. A lot of education about the Great Depression is more focused on the impacts on the banks, when the everyday Americans were the ones who suffered the most, sometimes ending up homeless, starving, and sometimes even dead. C. The Great Depression is connected to the present day, because it remains one of the most poverty-stricken periods in American history.
A. The KKK impacted the nation by terrorizing racial minorities, Jews, immigrants, Catholics, and gays. The Ku Klux Klan would attack all groups they were against. They would burn down or bomb homes, churches, and synagogues. At its height in the 1920's, the KKK claimed a membership of over 2,000,000 people. B. The KKK interests me, because the original version of the church where I was baptized and received my first communion (National Shrine of the Little Flower) was burned down by the KKK. C. The KKK connects to the present day because it still exists, which is honestly pretty terrifying.
A. Al Capone impacted the nation in his gang's illegal liquor trade and overall infamy. He was convicted of tax evasion, but was dubbed "Public Enemy no. 1" after the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, where 7 members of an enemy gang were killed. While not convicted for murder, Capone was convicted of tax evasion. B. Al Capone interests me because he began as a "modern day Robin-Hood", often donating money to charity. C. Al Capone connects to the modern day, because he is pop culture's poster child of crime in the 1920's.
A. Criminal couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow impacted the nation with not only their series of robberies, kidnappings, and murders, but by providing America with one of the most fascinating manhunts of the century. B. What most interests me about their story is the way they picked up allies along the way. Before being killed in 1934, they had accompanied many other criminals. C. Bonnie and Clyde connect to the present day because their relationship and crime spree are still iconic.
A. The Wall Street Bombing impacted the nation by providing even more American fear of communism. The Wall Street Bombing occurred during the first Red Scare, so many Americans theorized that communists were behind the bombing, despite the fact the most reasonable theory points to a group of Italian anarchists. B. What most interests me about the Wall Street Bombing is the amount of evidence that could have been preserved, but wasn't. Clean-up crews worked as quickly as possible, but in doing this, all evidence that survived the bombing was lost. C. The Wall Street Bombing connects to the present day because it was the one of the first cases of serious terrorism. As terrorism became more and more common, many attacks remained unsolved, just like the Wall Street Bombing. Unsolved attacks like these beg the question 'What allows perpetrators of such a terrible event to escape?'
A. The Black Dahlia murder impacted America by sparking a cultural fascination with the murder. For a month following the murder, at least one Los Angeles newspaper had a front page article detailing new rumors about the murder. The public was so captivated that 60 people attempted to turn themselves in for the crime. B. What most interests me about the case is the precision with which the murder was committed. The victim's, Elizabeth Short, body was severed at the waste, carefully posed, drained of blood, and her face slashed from mouth to ears. Being so specific, it seems like the killer must have left sort of evidence behind, but the murder has not been solved. C. The Black Dahlia connects to the present day due to the ongoing public fascination with the case. Every once in a while, some popular online figure will post something about the murder, reintroducing it to the public eye. While the case may remain unsolved, the public fascination with the case will never die.
A. The Bath School Massacre impacted the nation by being the deadliest school massacre to this day. The main impact was temporary. At first large amounts, letters, money and supplies were sent to the Michigan city and the 44-58 victims, but all attention soon died down, and the school was repaired. B. The massacre interests me because of how quickly it was forgotten. It is the deadliest school massacre in US history, but many Americans don't even know it existed. C. The Bath School Massacre connects to the modern day because it is an unfortunate, but rarely heeded, warning to violence at schools. With violence at schools becoming the new normal, America needs to find a solution as quickly as possible.