The Social Security Act of 1935 ensured adequate provisions for the old-aged, crippled/physically disabled children, maternal and child welfare, and public health. They also wanted to establish a social security board. My grandmother said the she would regard this act as pivotal, as it ensure that senior citizens like her don't starve to death/ live homeless after retirement.
October 24 of 1949, better known as "Black Thursday", Marked the beginning of The Wall Street Stock Market Crash. This was the most devastating stock market crash in US history, and the most significant predicting indicator of The Great Depression. The Panic Began on "Black Monday" as 12.8% of the market shutdown. The following day, over 16 million shares had been traded, and The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 183 points in less than two months. Though that number raised to nearly 300 points in 1930, it quickly depleted again and it would be another 30 years before the Dow average regained enough momentum to surpass the 200 point level. The stock market has crashed 10 times since, including yesterday February 5th, 2018.
The opening of the Panama Canal on august 15, 1914, allowed for passage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. This had a major impact on global trade and naval forces, as this shortcut saves corporations and even countries lots of time and money. The canal connects 160 countries, and 1,700 ports around the world. While this may not have much of an impact on me now, it should have a fairly major one in the future as I have high goals set for myself economically.
Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. This had a major impact on the United States future elections, as this would open up a window to the perspective of the other half of the country in it's entirety. While this may not have had any effect on my ability to vote, I bare humanitarian ideals and believe that to completely cut out the political opinion of half of the population for having a predetermined set of organs built for sexual reproduction is silly, dumb, and unfair.
The Harlem Renaissance was a period in African American history ranging from the 1910's to the mid 1930's that took place in Harlem, New York in which African American art and culture in America exploded. The period is considered to be "the golden age" of African American culture, innovative in music, art, stage performance and literature. As the Great Migration (era in the 20th century in which millions of African Americans moved out of rural Southern America to different urban parts from the Northeast to the West) played a major role in this era, it seems to me to be somewhat of an era of urbanization and innovation for African Americans. This was also an era of great social change for African Americans, as it brought mainstream recognition of their culture and its urbanization.
Progressivism is a nationwide reform movement that peaked in the 20th century. It existed as a response to issues brought out by modernization, and fears of pollution and political corruption. Progressivism embraces concepts such as environmentalism and social justice. The liberal party is a modern day example of the consistency of progressivism as it also tend to embrace both environmentalism and social justice. While i don't agree with political parties, i do however agree with some of what progressivism/liberalism has to say about things.
Prohibition (the 18th amendment), which began on January 16th of 1919, was a nationwide constitutional ban on the manufacturing, transportation, importation, and sale of alcoholic beverages. While intended to improve the lives of all Americans and to protect individuals, families, and society as a whole from the disastrous effects of alcohol abuse; turned law abiding citizens into criminals, allowed for government officials to bend and even break the law, gave illicit behavior a fun and "positive" view, and encouraged neighborhood gangs to become nationwide crime conglomerates. People (mobs primarily) started manufacturing, selling, transporting, and bootlegging alcohol regardless of the law. On December 5th, 1933, the 21st amendment was passed, which repealed the 18th amendment. To me this is similar to a bad parent giving up on their drug addicted child.
Albert Einstein was a German American theoretical physicist responsible for the development of the theory of relativity. This was consistent of two theories. The first, published in 1905, was his theory of special relativity, which determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum (a space entirely devoid of matter) was independent of the motion of all observers. Put simply, he stated that the laws of physics (and science) are the same for all observers, regardless of their speed, and that the speed of light was constant for all observers, regardless of their speed. The second, published in 1915, was Einstein's theory of general relativity, which explained that what we view to be the force of gravity is in fact due to the curvature of space and time, and that objects such as the Sun or the Earth change this geometry. He is said to be one of the most influential thinkers since the 20th century for this (as well as many others) theory's impact on human perspective of science and the laws of the universe. I personally happen to really appreciate this theories explanation for gravity.
The Wright Brothers invention of "The Flyer" at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina was a major pivotal point in US for the transportation of people and the shipment of goods globally. Planes have had a major impact on the postal service, the military as there is an entire branch dedicated to their usage, and almost every industry you can think of nowadays. Shipment of goods by plane allows for much shorter travel time and more overall economic efficiency. Traveling by plane saves my family, and thousands of others that put money into the vacationing industry hundreds of dollars, and plenty of travel time. I also really appreciate the luxury of 2-4 day shipping.
The 1920's "Jazz Age" was a post-World War 1 movement in which jazz music and dances became popular globally, and brought African American culture to the white middle class. While this era did end with the great depression, African American made music continued to thrive and change publicly the way music did coming from white people, and is more popular today than its ever been in the past. Even I enjoy listening to the work of plenty of African American musical artists such as Tyler Gregory Okonma (Tyler the Creator), Kendrick Lamar, Donald Glover (Childish Gambino), and Christopher Francis Ocean (Frank Ocean).