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The Culture of the 1990’s to 2001

Today, I was officially given the assignment to write about one of the lessons that was covered during this week. I couldn’t really decide what to write about, so I chose two things to write about. I chose to write about the 90’s and about something very important in 2001. I think that these, because they aren’t very far apart time-wise, are pretty much related. So, without any further adieu, let’s learn about the 90’s and 2001. (Just to put this out, this essay is more for a younger audience. However, if you were alive in the 90’s, please feel free to leave comments about any extra cool or fun facts about the 90’s.)

To start, the most important political change in the 90’s was the fall of the Soviet Union. This was pretty important because it pretty much marked the end of the Cold War, and it also meant that Russia would soon come into the picture as a world power. Now, the most important change inside of the U.S. in the 90’s was the Lewinsky Trial being reported by the magazine Newsweek. However, instead of publishing this article, they sat on it. They should have published it, because that could have been enough evidence to fully impeach President Clinton. However, because they sat on it, other magazines and reporters picked up the story but it didn’t have enough of an effect because the Clinton’s fought hard to cover it up.

To mark the beginning of the Computer Era, the Drudge Report was created. Today, there is a website called drudgereport.com/ which is basically news but online. So, instead of having so many left-wing news reporters and companies, which we still have, they introduced online news. However, this only really worked for a little while. Also, in order to make this all possible, computers and digital software became increasingly popular. However, they were not the same kind of computers that we have now, such as laptops and desktops. They had big bulky awkward computers that had green screens and the letters were blocky. These were pretty basic computers but, they were very powerful still. Actually, I learned that we have more powerful computers in our cell-phones, than scientists had when they sent men to the moon. So they had more power in the 90’s too.

The music of the 90’s was pretty diverse, it is pretty difficult to name the exact type of music that was the most popular, because they were all popular. So, I will list the three that I think were the most popular. The first was pop; the most popular groups of this genre include groups like Spice girls. Then there was Country, some people include Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney. Then there was Grunge. I think that the most popular of this genre is definitely Nirvana. I say this because they are popular, for teens, even now.

The most scary part of the 90s, for most people, was the Y2K scare. This was when everyone was worried that after December 31, 1999 the computers would malfunction and nothing would work anymore. This was very scary for people like my dad. Although, I think she was scared, my mom said that she wasn’t scared.

Since we have reached this point, I will now talk about September 11, 2001. Now, I know that most of you watch the memorials so you probably know all of this. However, I find it very important to reiterate this specific subject. So, for those of you who don’t know, on September 11, 2001 the terrorist group Al-Qaeda hijacked 4 planes and crashed them. Let’s talk about American Airlines flight 11. On flight 11, the terrorists hijacked the plane and flew it into the North Tower at the World Trade Center in New York City. The next flight hijacked was United Airlines flight 175 and this plane flew into the South Tower at the World Trade Center. These two towers fell down and took another building with it. There were about 8 towers  at the World Trade Center but only three of them fell. They were 1, 2, and 7. Nobody knows for sure why this building fell.

The next flight was American Airlines flight 77. This flight was hijacked and flew into the Pentagon. This killed 184 in that part of the facility. The next plane was United Airlines flight 93, which was hijacked but never reached its destination. This is because the passengers fought back against the terrorists and crashed the plane. Unfortunately nobody survived the crash. There are conspiracy theories about where the plane was headed. The most popular of which is, that it was headed to Washington D.C., however I think it was headed to the Statue of Liberty, as does my dad.

In conclusion, there some scary things that happened from 1990 to 2001. However, the scary things only made the U.S. stronger instead of weaker. This must have scared many people who were fighting against us, but that is good. Please like and subscribe for more from Homeschooled Hero!

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Space Exploration and the 1970’s Recession

Today, I had to decide what to write about for my history class. I was told to choose one topic to write about, however there were two that really interested me so I decided to make a fusion of topics. The topic of Space Exploration is something that probably interested everyone at one point, but the recession of the 70’s is something a little less well-known. So, without any further adieu, let’s get into the essay.

Let’s start with Space Exploration, just to get you into the mood of the essay. The first country to get a man-made object into space was actually…. Nazi Germany. The fact that they were able to get to send something to space, while at war is amazing, but also very scary.

After Nazi Germany had sent their man-made object into space, a new organization was created. This organization was then called the Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles or ICBM for short. Their purpose was to launch nuclear missiles to create a “mutually assured destruction” situation.

Later on, in the Space Race, the country with the most “firsts” to its credit was the U.S.S.R. (Russia). Unfortunately this means that they had done things before other countries had the chance to. Which, in the end, resulted in the U.S.S.R technically winning the Space Race. However we (U.S.) hold the first man on the moon to our credit. Speaking of people getting on the moon, want to guess how many people have stepped foot on the moon? I bet you guessed about 5, well that’s wrong… 12 people have stepped foot on the moon. The first of which was Neil Armstrong.

There was a group of space shuttles known as the 5 space shuttles. Can you guess what their names were? They were called: Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavor. Now, I know that I listed six. This is because of the Challenger disaster. The Challenger was launched to go to space, but it exploded before it even left the atmosphere. The thing that really made this incident super-famous was that there was a teacher on the shuttle going to space. Her name was Sharon Christa McAuliffe.

Now we will talk about the recession of the 1970’s. To start, the longest sustained period of growth in U.S. history, before 1990, was from 1961 to 1968. (Note that this is all information from 2013. This may be out of date.) Now this growth is growth in the economy. This is where the stock market was up and businesses are doing very well. This is a very long time for things to be running on time, so naturally it has to fall apart.

Now, there are four phases of the business cycle. These steps/phases are Expansion, Boom, Recession, and Depression. The recession has the root word recede. Recede means to move backwards. In this case it means to slow and start to backtrack on progress made. In this scenario, the recession is a very bad thing. This is because after the business has been doing so well, they didn’t see anything coming their way to stop them from doing so well, now they are going to lose a lot of what they just earned. This was the recession of 1969. Luckily this recession only lasted about a year is lasted from 1969 to 1970.

Then there was Nixon. Nixon was the president at the time, and he didn’t know what to do to stop this. So, he pulled the U.S. off of it’s fixed exchange rate for gold. This was probably a good thing, because the U.S.’s gold reserves started to shrink very quickly.

Meanwhile oil was being sold very cheap, because it was easy to get. However, after the Nixon Shock, OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) chose to cut back on its oil production, which in turn raised the price per barrel to $12.

One thing that President Nixon and Ford had in common was that they both tried to do something that was ultimately very bad. This is one of the problems that we have today, inflation. They both tried to continue inflation to get the economy back on its feet. So, this didn’t work for either administration and the people were not very happy that they even tried that.

The third highest period of oil prices in history, when you account for inflation, was in 1979 where the price per barrel was $24. That is just a fun fact that I thought would be important. (Plus it was in my video!)

In conclusion, Space and the 1970’s recession were both pretty important times in American history. They both had different end results, but they were both very significant. I hope that this essay broadened your understanding. Please like and subscribe for more. Also, be sure to Share your favorite essays and pieces to your friends!

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A short history of World War 2

Hey guys, today I am writing a little bit about World War 2. World War 2 is arguably the worst war in world history. This is because it was a mass genocide of Jewish people, which killed approximately 6,000,000 Jews. The war is remembered today most by the Holocaust. This means that many people don’t know some of the other stuff that went on at the time, other than the Holocaust. I am here to fix that problem.

In the beginning of the War, Germany was failing as a society. They were failing economically because of the punishments from the Treaty of Versailles (Ver-sigh). Now, don’t get me wrong, the punishments from the Treaty of Versailles were very just. The terms of the agreement were good and legitimate terms to agree to when a country starts a full blown world war. The terms put Germany into their own Great Depression however, the terms were met… Until a man named Adolf Hitler said that he could fix everything.

Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889. He was the fourth born, having 2 older brothers and one older sister. Adolf was the leader and founder of the Nazi party. He created the party wanting to make his country stronger, but his country didn’t know what he would do next. Hitler wanted to A)Create the perfect “Super-race” and B) Have control of all of Europe. The startling thing is he came dangerously close to taking over Europe. However, he wasn’t very smart with his planning. He did take a lot of Europe, but he didn’t fortify what he took very well, he was spread so thin throughout Europe that he was eventually defeated. When I say that he took a lot of Europe, he even had parts of Russia (Or the Soviet Union, as it was known then). While Hitler was a very bad guy, the Germans were desperate to get out of the “hole” that they were in. Some of them didn’t even agree with what he was doing, and tried to hide fugitive Jews and other people being hunted by Nazis.

The three major Axis powers were Germany, Italy, and later Japan. The empire of Japan worked hard to establish itself. They were very fierce fighters, but they were also brutally massacred by the Atom bombs in two cities. The most well-known of the two is Hiroshima. The other was Nagasaki. These two cities were “nuked” and because of that, they were forced to surrender to American forces. Speaking of America and Japan, the empire of Japan is actually the reason that America got involved in World War 2. On December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Luckily, the aircraft carriers and boats like that were not at the base. That ended up being Japan’s bad mistake. This was very bad for Japan, because these carriers would be what brought down Japan in the end. Over in America, there were Japanese immigrants that wanted to fight against the Japanese, and as normal we were hesitant. I mean wouldn’t you be? Japanese wanting to kill their own people, doesn’t that seem suspicious at first we didn’t let them. If you were in the same situation, wouldn’t you do the same thing? Eventually, we let them fight, and the things that they did to the enemy was even more brutal than the enemies fighting.

The wars weren’t only fought in Europe, although some of the most memorable ones were. Some of the battles were fought in the Pacific. Most people only know that these battles were fought in the Pacific because of a show called, “Band Of Brothers: Pacific.” This show follows men as they fought in World War 2. You get to see how they were treated, some real fact, and some fictional characters. Although it may be a TV show, it has real historically accurate events. It is amazing to see how brave these men were in the face of enemies. I strongly urge you to watch Band of Brothers. Now the Pacific wars were mostly fought between Japan and America. Japan spread itself thin just like Germany did, so that is another reason why America was able to kick their butts (aside from the fact that, we are America!!)

In conclusion, World War 2 was a horrific war. It was fought by several different nations, but it had one real loser… Germany. I know that they were very desperate and that Hitler had a plan, that worked for a while, but I wish that they hadn’t listened to Hitler. However, if this war hadn’t happened, many of the countries today would not be united as they are today. If you enjoyed this essay, leave a like and a comment below.

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Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union

Today I am writing about Joseph Stalin and his role with the Soviet Union. I am writing this essay for my 8th grade history class. Stalin was a bad leader but his bad leadership also had good side effects for the Soviet Union. He even has an approximate death toll for the time that he lead the Soviet Union. Now, without delaying any further, let’s delve into “Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union.”

Joseph Stalin was the Dictator of the USSR/Soviet Union from 1929 to 1953. Under the Dictatorship of Stalin, the Soviet Union went from peasant country to military superpower. While this may seem great and all, he had some strict rules over the people in the Soviet Union. If history had been different in the Soviet Union however, and Stalin didn’t come to power, the Soviet Union would not be where it is today. So, no matter how we look at this, Stalin had to take over Russia in order for  it to be in the state in which it is.

Stalin was not always someone higher than everyone. He was just a normal kid from the Soviet Union. He lived like almost everyone else in the entire country. Then once the Bolshevik Revolution broke out, Stalin began his rise to Dictatorship. To begin his rise, he was promoted to be part of the governing council.

As Dictator, Stalin establish that he was the best Dictator since the beginning of the Soviet Union. However as he tried to implement concepts of Communism, he failed. This is because Communism doesn’t work for anyone. Everyone thinks that sharing the cost of something is perfect but it isn’t. For example if you and one other live on an island, and you each have to collect coconuts for yourselves. At the end of the day you have collected 20 and the other person has collected 16, you would be forced to give them 2 so that you would have “equal” amounts. Then the next day, you would do less work, because your hard work would be shared with someone who doesn’t work hard anyway. This is a basic idea for why Communism doesn’t ever work.

While Stalin was Dictator, the Soviet Union suffered terribly. This is because he forced everyone to live the way that he thought that they should, which was wrong. This is because when you force someone to do something or live a certain way, you basically take away everything that they had thought was theirs. So, many people would resist this. Then, when Stalin would find out who it was, he would eliminate them.

Stalin had an approximate death toll of 10 million people in the countries of Russia and Ukraine. This is scary, because it meant that not only did he kill his own people, but he killed people in another country like 30 times smaller than his own. This is a massacre of 4 million people more than the Jews killed in World War 2. Also, he most likely ordered his own soldiers to kill more than that but died before the order was carried out… This makes me glad that I didn’t live in the Soviet Union while Stalin was Dictator. Actually, I am glad that I don’t even live in Russia at all.

Free nations fear Communism today and they did in the past as well. If you don’t know why, I will explain now. They feared Communism because Communism basically stands for everything other than what freedom represents. Communism is terrible and never works for any nation or country that has ever tried to use that system of government. This is not to say however than any other government is perfect because none is, but almost all of them are better than Communism.

In conclusion, Joseph Stalin was a dictator of the Soviet Union. He was a very bad person, but he did change the course that the Soviet Union was headed on. He took it from super poor to super powerful within his 24 years as dictator. Please like and subscribe for more from your friendly neighborhood Homeschooler. If you know of any consequences to using Communism, please tell me about them in the comments below.

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The 43rd and 44th Presidents and Social Media

Hey guys, today I am writing about the 43rd and 44th presidents and their ties to social media. Now, keep in mind I don’t know everything about social media so if you have any more information on that subject, please leave it in the comment section. I think that these presidents are pretty important in American history as the worst president and one of the interesting ones. That I will leave to you guys to decide, but I definitely have an opinion on these presidents. So, without further adieu, let’s get into this essay!

The 43rd president of the U.S, is George Walker Bush. He is known mostly for launching the war on terror. The war on terror was the fight the Bush initiated to fight terrorists after the tragedy of 9/11. Now, something pretty cool about George Bush is that his father George H.W. Bush was also the president of the United States. This is interesting because only one other family holds this distinction, of a father and son being presidents. As many of you have guessed it was John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Another unique thing about George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush is that the only difference between their names is a middle name. His father’s name is George Herbert Walker Bush whereas his own is just George Walker Bush.

Many people know that when someone runs for president they do it because they want to help their country, well Bush was no different. Many people also know that the people that run for president are typically in politics before they run. There are a few exceptions, such as Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump because they weren’t in politics prior to their presidency. However this portion of the essay is about George Bush, so his first major elected position was as the governor of Texas. Something that I have found in common with many presidents throughout the many lessons this year, is that most of them either started off as a governor or they were a senator. THis just seems to be something common among previous presidents.

In the election of 2000, George W. Bush was elected president. The only problem was that he was the first president to NOT win the popular vote. His opponent won the popular vote whereas Bush won the Electoral College. As I have learned before, the popular vote just gives you an estimate to see which person has the “most” popularity and best chances to win. The Electoral College is what decides who actually wins the election. There is another example of someone losing the popular vote but becoming president and that is Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton was the person who won the popular vote but Trump won the Electoral votes. People were a little contested about this event.

George Bush responded to the terrorist attack on 9/11 by launching the war on terror. The war on terror consisted of two major wars. These were the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The war in Afghanistan was launched to dismantle the terrorist group Al-Qaeda and to remove the Taliban from power. The war in Iraq was launched in order to destroy the government of Saddam Hussein as he was accused of possessing weapons of mass destruction and having ties to Al-Qaeda. These wars, while they may seem very dangerous and it may be better to keep our guys alive. I think that this was a pretty scary time, and had we not retaliated, we would not be where we are now.

Social Media was created while George was in his last couple of years as president, so he didn’t really use it while he was in office. However I know that the 44th president did use Social Media while he was in office. On that note, let’s learn about some Social Media and the 44th president of the United States.

Many of you know what Social Media is in a nutshell. However, if you don’t here is a basic understanding of what it is: social media is an application used to communicate with people you aren’t very close to geography wise. Some social media programs include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and GooglePlus (Google+). Social Media is used very often, and it is very popular and it is a very good idea so some people are getting pretty rich.

Since we have a little bit left to talk about, let’s talk about the 44th president of the United States. The 44th president is Barack Obama Jr.. He won the presidency originally in 2008 and then won again in 2012. Many people don’t know that Obama was actually a Jr.. Obama’s father was named Barack Obama Sr.. One interesting thing that I learned about Obama’s father was that he wasn’t actually a U.S. citizen. This is because he was actually Kenyan. Obama’s mother was an American citizen however. His mother was also white, which would make Obama actually the first “mixed” president and not the first black president. The first elected position that Obama was elected to was as Illinois state Senator.

In conclusion, I think that George Bush was a good and interesting president. However, I think that Obama was one of the worst if not the worst president. If you agree, please like and subscribe. If you don’t, leave a comment explaining why. Please like and subscribe regardless, and comment what you thought about this essay for more from Homeschooled Hero!

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President Ronald Reagan

Hey guys, today I am writing about the 40th President Of The United States. Ronald Reagan is considered by a large majority of Conservatives and Republicans, to be one of the very best Presidents in the history of the United States.

As I was doing my research, I realized that the current President, Donald Trump, seems to be very similar to Ronald Reagan. Actually, the day that I wrote my rough draft, I learned that Trump passed a bill that was very similar to a bill that Reagan signed when he was President. I hope that you guys see the similarities as well, but if you don’t feel free to leave a comment explaining why you feel otherwise. So without further adieu, let’s learn about Ronald Reagan.

Let’s start with his birth, Reagan was born on February 6, 1911. He was born in Illinois. Some personality traits that people commonly attribute to Reagan include his optimistic faith, and the fact that he always saw the best in people. Before World War 2, Reagan had held the jobs of a lifeguard, a radio announcer, and an actor. Let’s start with the lifeguarding. When Reagan was a lifeguard, he would never get his suit wet unless he was saving somebody, as were the rules at the time. He would actually have a wooden log that he would put notch into every-time that he would save somebody. Historians say that he saved around 75 people.

Now let’s talk about his radio announcer job. When Reagan was a radio announcer, he wouldn’t actually watch the games like announcers do today. This is a little strange, but there would be people at the game who would send telegrams with play-by-plays that Reagan would read into the microphone. One time, the telegraph information just stopped coming in, so Reagan had to stall. He started saying that the batter hit a foul and kept hitting them, until 12 which he thought was just ridiculous. Then, the machine turned back on and Reagan filled the nation in on the actual play-by-play. That was pretty scary for them, but I bet that Reagan had some fun.

Reagan was the first president to be elected out of a non-political position. He was an actor. Many people know that much, but some people don’t know this. They don’t know that Reagan was actually the first of two presidents to have been divorced. (The second is Donald Trump) Reagan’s first wife was Jane Wyman, he actually had a daughter with Jane, and he had to explain to her why her parents were getting divorced. However, he didn’t understand very well (Neither did his daughter) so that didn’t work very well. The divorce was completed in 1949. Then, in 1952, Reagan met his next wife Nancy Reagan. When he met Nancy, he was a Democrat but as time went on, he became a Conservative Republican. He also became a life member of the NRA (National Rifle Association). Another strange but cool connection between Trump and Reagan is that they are both the two oldest people to be elected president.

Many people don’t know this, but Reagan was actually the oldest president to be elected, he was inaugurated at 69 but the next day he turned 70. This was true until Donald Trump was inaugurated. Many people also don’t know that Reagan’s mom died of Alzheimer’s disease. This is probably why Reagan died of the disease himself.

Reagan’s legacy as a president is important to know. His legacy is as a firm and unswerving leader, which restored faith in the presidency after two decades of weak presidents, until Bill Clinton. When Bill Clinton went into office then the presidency started to slip again. However now that we have Trump, the economy seems to be changing in the same ways that it did when Reagan was president.

In conclusion, Ronald Reagan is arguably one of the top 3 best presidents in the history of the United States. I hope that you saw similarities between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan. Again, if you didn’t leave a comment why not, or write a blog post on it and link to me! I hope that you enjoyed this essay. Please like and subscribe for more from Homeschooled Hero!

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The Least Believable Aspect of Looking Backward, By Edward Bellamy.

Today I was given the assignment to explain what the least believable aspect of the novel, Looking Backward is. This took some time to create an answer to the question, only because there are so many things that are wrong or stupid throughout the book. Some of the things that I have seen throughout the book were very confusing, because they contradict what was previously stated in the book. I hope that by reading this post, you will go and check out the book to make your own opinion on this novel. So, without any further adieu, let’s get into this essay.

I think that the least believable aspect of the novel is the fact that they have no money. I find this to be the least believable aspect, because when West (the main character) arrives at the city, he seems to think that the city is rich. He thinks this because of the way it looks, and the way that the citizens live. However, later on we find out that the city has no money at all. However, this is not the only thing that sparks intrigue. One thing that I saw wrong with this novel was the fact that the social order has NO POVERTY. The problem with this, as pointed out by my teacher Gary North, is that this has never been true in the history of the world. Even the greatest empires ever known to man had poverty, some of them even came from poverty. Now, the problem with them not having any poverty, is that they have no money. Well, wait a minute, how can you have no money… Then turn around and say, “There is no poverty in this new social order.” This is one of those contradictory statements.

Another problem with this novel, is the fact that businesses don’t receive profit. Well, this makes sense for when they say the city has no money. Well, later on we realize that these businesses have product. Wait a minute, if you have no money how do you produce the goods. If you don’t have money, you can’t pay for the production of these goods. So, I have a big problem with this part of the novel. Another problem with money is the wages. In the book, they say that the men work for 24 years. They work from age 21 to age 45. Well, what about their wages? If you have no money, you can’t pay these people. Then, if they don’t get paid they can’t feed their families. Then, if they can’t feed their families everyone falls into poverty, and then your society crumbles. Overall there are a bunch of problems with this novel. I hope that my essay has gotten you intrigued enough to go out and find the book, to read it, and then make your own opinion about it.

In conclusion, the least believable aspect of this novel is the fact that they have no money. Without money everything falls apart. (By money, I mean currency.) Please like and subscribe for more from Homeschooled Hero!

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