A. The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939, and was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world. It began after the stock market crash, which affected people from Wall Street and wiped out millions of investors. Consumer spending and investment stopped, causing a decline in industrial output, which meant workers were laid off. By 1933, about 15 million workers were unemployed. B. The great depression made me realize how important it is to use money wisely. C. The great depression relates to present day because there is still a great number of people unemployed and in search of jobs.
A. The Dust Bowl was caused by several economic and agricultural factors, including federal land policies and changes in regional weather. Dust covered the plates and silverware in homes leaving many farming families on a desperate migration in search of work and better living conditions. B. This has impacted me because living in Michigan, I never have to worry about having water to drink. I could never imagine living in a drought and not being able to have water available. C. This relates to present day because droughts are still very common to this day, especially in places like California.
A. The atomic bomb, and nuclear bombs, are powerful weapons that use nuclear reactions as their source of explosive energy and can wipe out millions of people. When an atom of radioactive material splits into lighter atoms, there’s a sudden, powerful release of energy. The atomic bomb was developed by American efforts during world war two, it was called the Manhattan project. B. This impacted me because knowing that multiple countries around the world have access to these powerful weapons is very frightening. C. Atomic bombs are still around today, recently they have been used as threats but have never been used.
A. The "unsinkable" titanic sunk April 15, 1912 killing more than 1,500 passengers on board. While the Titanic was sailing it grazed along an iceberg. However, the iceberg had a jagged underwater spur. The spur had left a 300 foot gash on the ship causing it to sink. B. This impacted me because I think its very important that when boarding a large ship, that there should be a safety routine or something along those lines, so no lives are lost if there was ever an accident. C. This connects to present day because there are ships a lot bigger than the titanic. People go on cruse ships for vacations and there hasn't been an accident as big as the titanic.
A. On December 1st 1913, Henry ford created the first assembly line, reducing the time ti build a car by 12 hours to two hours and 30 minutes. Ford installed moving lines for bits and pieces of the manufacturing process. Later, he added a mechanized belt that chugged along at a speed of six feet per minute. As the pace accelerated, Ford produced more and more cars, and on June 4, 1924, the 10-millionth Model T rolled off the Highland Park assembly line. B. This impacted me because cars are the main source of transportation now, and being a soccer player, I rely on cars to take me to my practices and games. C. The assembly line is still used today in the automotive industry and cars are the main source of transportation
A. Al Capone was born in Brooklyn to poor immigrant parents. He became the most infamous gangster in American history. Capone’s multi-million dollar Chicago operation in bootlegging, prostitution and gambling dominated the organized crime scene. Capone was responsible for many brutal acts of violence, mainly against other gangsters. B. This impacted me because it reminds me that people can be cruel and that the world isn't always safe, also that its never okay to do things illegally just to get money off it. C. This relates to present day because there is still a lot of crime out in the world, and Al Capone's actions have been shown in movies and books.
A. In the 1920's, shorter hairstyles were popular along with shorter skirts just below the knee. Milan, New York, and London were the fashion capitals of the world, serving new and bold looks for women. Chanel and Dior helped revolutionize the fashion world. B. This impacted me because as women's fashion began to change in the 1920's, it led to more change. Being an athlete, I could never imagine what it would be like to not be able to wear sweatpants. C. This relates to preset day because Dior and Chanel are still big fashion names, and fashion continues to change in our society
A. It started by Roosevelt hunting in Mississippi. While he was hunting with members of his party there was a bear he was able to shoot. Roosevelt looked at the bear and refused to shoot it. News broke out around the country about Roosevelt and the bear. The Teddy Bear tie came when a Brooklyn, NY candy shop owner, Morris Michtom, saw Clifford Berryman’s original cartoon of Roosevelt and the bear and had an idea. He put in his shop window two stuffed toy bears his wife had made. Michtom asked permission from President Roosevelt to call these toy bears "Teddy's bears". B. This has impacted me because I have lived with teddy bears when I was younger and now my little brother loves teddy bears as well and I get the chance to buy him something he really likes. C. This relates to present day because the teddy bear is still used today for occasions such as valentines day, birthdays, and anniversaries.
A. The first two Mickey shorts drew no attention, but then came Steamboat Willie, the first animation to feature synchronized music and sound effects, hit the screen.The mouse was a national fad by the end of the year, and it wasn't long before the real genius of Walt Disney kicked in: marketing. Walt quickly started up a line of Mickey merchandise, and within two years the Mickey Mouse Club, a fan club for children, was up and running. B. This impacts me because I grew up watching Mickey mouse and now my little brother watches it. I could never imagine there not being a mickey mouse. C. This relates to present day because mickey mouse is still very well around and loved by many people.
A. Since Oreo cookies debuted in 1912, over 362 billion have been sold, making them the best-selling cookie in the United States.In 1898, several baking companies merged to form the National Biscuit Company (NaBisCo), the maker of Oreo cookies.In 1912, Nabisco had a new idea for a cookie - two chocolate disks with a creme filling in between.So where did the name "Oreo" come from? The people at Nabisco aren't quite sure. Some believe that the cookie's name was taken from the French word for gold, "or" (the main color on early Oreo packages). B. This impacts me because oreo's are one of my favorite cookies and I couldn't imagine what it would be like without oreos. C. This relates to present day because oreo's are sill one of the most popular cookies around. Also, there are now a variety of flavors of oreos such as, birthday cake, mint, and chocolate.