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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!

Until next time, your friendly neighborhood Homeschooler…

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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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