A: A huge step in the fight for equality for black people, they finally received the right to serve their country like anyone else, after years of being silent heroes. B: This is America, a place where, given our most cherished beliefs of freedom and equality, everyone should be on board with and proud of something like this. I certainly am. C: This led to later advances in the fight for equal rights for black Americans.
A: Hands down the greatest invention since.... "Sliced bread": domesticated superfoods, refrigeration, the new techologies and advancements in the world of food and cooking, and best of all: bread that is conveniently already sliced. All of these things changed food and cooking in America. B: Food is something enjoyed by everyone and the conveniences brought to us by inventions such as sliced bread affect us all, including me. C: We've all heard it, "____ is the best thing since sliced bread," well here you go.
A: America entering World War I (albeit at the end of the war) was the beginning of America becoming the superpower that it is today. B: Battlefield 1 which takes place during the first world war, was a really good video game, so that's something. C: WWI saw the invention and/or use tanks, practical machine guns, and poison gas, all of which are still around for the purpose of killing our fellow man, how nice.
A: The invention of the airplane revolutionized trade, travel, and warfare, this includes the American use of planes in both world wars, making planes integral to the spread of American ideas and culture and the expansion of our military might. B: Plane travel is what connects the members of our extended family living in places like Arizona, Colorado, and the Carolinas, my dad was in the air national guard. C: Planes are everywhere; they annoy us when they fly loudly overhead, they fly into buildings, and they fly in the troops that go after the people who use them to fly into buildings.
A: Cars becoming popular (thanks to Henry Ford) changed the way cities were arranged and how they functioned, it gave the rich a new way to show off, then cars started to be used more and more by the lower class until cars became essential for the daily lives of just about everyone. B: I, like everyone else, love nice cars. The car my brother drives used to be my dad's and someday it'll be driven solely by my other brother. C: Look outside. If you're not seeing any cars, you're probably in jail, outerspace, or some desolate hellscape like Ohio.
A: Just by the nature of things, the ratification of he 19th Amendment led to America's voting population just about doubling. B: The notions of liberty and equality that I, as an American, hold so dearly, are shown in full color in the decision to grant women the right to vote. C: Women's suffrage was a movement that paved the way for later civil rights movements including African-American suffrage and abortion rights and equal pay laws.
A: Robert Johnson was one of the most influential blues singers of the 30s and nicknamed King of the Delta Blues. B: The Smithsonian Blues Collection that sits on my dresser features Robert Johnson and only Robert Johnson right on the cover, he's a great blues singer that I love. C: The influence of Robert Johnson goes beyond the world of the blues as the blues has its influence all over music. Add speed and an amp to a blues tune and you have the music of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and most other rock greats.
A: Similar to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters was a great bluesman, one who revolutionized the blues by going electric. B: I love Muddy Waters and a lot of music he and others like him inspired. C: While Robert Johnson was an important player in a genre that inspired later music, it was Muddy Waters that directly inspired bands like Led Zeppelin (they even had to pay money for making a song that sounded too much like Waters' "You Need Love").
A: Billie Holiday helped bring jazz into mainstream American culture and her song Strange Fruit caused controversy and discussion about race. B: She is by far one of my favorite jazz singers. C: Her music is still remembered and listened to today and she influenced many later musicians including some outside the world of jazz.
A: Robinson changed American sports and led to the change in mainstream culture towad change, progress, and tolerance. B: Another figure in the fight for equality that I, once again, as an American, care about and believe in. C: African-American players have become such a staple in contemporary sports culture and it is unbelievable that there was a time when major league teams were whites only.