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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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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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A Brief History of World War 1

Hey guys so today I have been assigned to write about World War 1. World War 1 was the worst war that had happened in the entire world at the time. We all know that World War 2, which came just 20 years later, was much worse. World War 1 is known as, “The War to end all Wars.” World War 1 is one of the wars that began the string of wars that we saw after. Once this one happened several political events occurred causing the next years to be full of wars. However interesting that may be to you, this essay is not about that so, hold off on that. So get ready to go back in time, learn a little about World War 1, and find out what makes America great!

The final spark that started the war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife by Serbian citizens. In Germany, there were two states. The two states were Austria- Hungary and Prussia. Well they weren’t really inside of Germany, but they were German states. These two states started fighting in 1866 which was then called the Austro- Prussian War. In the end of the war, the main winner was Prussia. After this war the League of 3 Emperors came into place. The 3 groups in the League of 3 Emperors were Prussia, Russia, and Austria- Hungary. This was an Alliance that was created in order for Prussia to start reforming into a bigger size. Another alliance formed was the Triple Alliance. This involved Prussia, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. Russia realized that they were in danger. Although they had an alliance with Prussia, that could break at any moment. So, Russia created an alliance with France called the Franco-Russian Alliance. France agreed with Russia that they were threatened by the quick growth of Prussia.

Before the war even began, Germany was known as Prussia. When Prussia started fading it became Germany by creating “truces” with other nations around it, in order for it to catch up with all of the other nations in the world. When it did that, it started to advance fast. While it was doing that, it scared many nations. Eventually it got so bad that they started a war against Prussia/ Germany. The very first battle of World War 1 was, the Battle of Liege. This war surprised many nations. The main reason that it surprised many nations, was because it didn’t take place in an area known as the Balkans, but rather, the previously- neutral Belgium. After Germany had the Battle of Liege, Britain (Also previously-neutral) declared war on Germany. Now, to make this as clear as possible, Britain only declared war as an act of self defense. This makes more sense when I say it this way, when Germany invaded neutral Belgium, Britain realized that if Belgium wasn’t safe as neutral neither were they. When you think about it, they were actually being very smart when they did this, because had Britain not gotten into the war, the war could’ve turned out much differently than it did.

The next major battle of World War 1 was the Battle of Tannenberg. This was a battle where Germany took on Russia. When you think about it, it wouldn’t have been a good idea. This was however a good idea because Russia couldn’t move very fast. Plus, they only had to armies. Germany could move fast and they took advantage of that. When the Russian first was distracted and needed reinforcements, Germany cut off the incoming Russian second and destroyed them. Then Germany went after the Russian first and destroyed them too. Since the results of the battle were so bad for the Russian armies, Russia was pretty much out of the war for a very long time.

The next battle, for today, was the Battle of Jutland. This battle involved Germany and Britain. This battle was the only significant Naval battle. In this battle, Germany only had 99 ships and Britain had 151. Now as we will see, numbers aren’t everything. At the end of the battle, Germany had lost 11 mostly small ships, and Britain had lost 14 mostly large and important battleships. So as a lesson, don’t rely only on sheer numbers to win battles.

The next battle today is the Battle of Somme. Many people will recognize this battle immediately because, this is where a not well known soldier named Adolf Hitler was put in the hospital for several months before coming back into the war. Almost everyone knows Hitler for his role in World War 2, but again an essay for another time. This was a significant loss for Germany. Germany lost this battle to the French army.

The Third battle of Ypres was a battle fought with the goal of pushing the Germans back out of Belgium. This battle didn’t result in anything more than a lot of lives lost, similar to most battles in World War 1.

During World War 1, a lot of new technologies were put into use or even built. Among which were the Flamethrower, the Machine Gun, and the Tank. These revolutionized the way that wars were fought from then on. The Flamethrower was primarily used to get people out of the trenches built by each side of the war. The machine gun was built before this war, but it was never really used until this war. What made the machine gun remarkable, was the ability to shoot multiple times without having reload after each shot taken. This was very good for both sides because they didn’t lose as many people as they did in the previous ages. The tank, unknown by many people, wasn’t built by America, or Germany, but rather Britain. Germany took the idea, but because of their low resources, the ones built by Germany were very cheap and weren’t nearly as effective as the ones built in Britain.

In conclusion, World War 1 brought lots of death and chaos. Although, it also had some good qualities as well. I don’t think that without this war, we would be where we are now. It was terrible to lose all of these people, but it also proved who the world powers were and what people fought for and why. Please like and subscribe to my blog. Leave comments in the description below if you have any other parts of the war to share, or any fun facts about the war (they aren’t really fun facts, but you get it.) Be sure to be on the lookout for my new book coming out, The Lost Brother. If you use the 8th grade Ron Paul Curriculum, I will be posting a chapter on the forums each week to get you ready for it. Also, I did post an excerpt from the book on this blog, be sure to check it out! Click the link here to view it easily!

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