We Didn't Start the Fire By: Dylan Greer

Political/International Relations/Military Events

The lyrics from the song "We Didn't Start the Fire," list many events that affected the U.S. and the rest of the world in the lines "We didn't start the fire it was always burning since the world's been turning. We didn't start the fire. No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it" I believe it is referring that we didn’t start any war we were in but nevertheless were brought into them and fought in them. The second line he used refers to the "South Pacific", the significant of this is that the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Battle of Midway both took place in the South Pacific. Another line referenced "Stranger in a Strange Land" We fought our enemies on their Home-front Iwo Jima were we were strangers in this very strange and distraught place. He then states "J.F.K. blown away" it is in fact talking about the assassination of John F. Kennedy its significance was that he was the first Catholic President. He was and still remains the youngest ever President. His presidency had certainly not been without its tensions he was most notably with the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 which took the world to the brink of nuclear war, but in November 1963 JFK’s focus was of youth, success and political power. Next listed in the song was Ho Chi Minh who was a Vietnamese Communist and revolutionary leader who, throughout much of the twentieth century, sought to free his nation from colonial influence. He led Vietnamese insurgents against Japanese, French, and American occupying forces, as well as against rival factions of Vietnamese. Lastly of the Political leader Harry Truman was listed. He was our 33rd U.S. President, In his first months in office he dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, ending World War II. His policy of communist containment started the Cold War, and he initiated U.S. involvement in the Korean War. Truman left office in 1953 and died in 1972

Economic/scientific/technological developments

In the song he mentioned the H-Bomb, This event ends America's monopoly of atomic weaponry and launches the Cold War. In the 1950's, The Arms Race became the focus of the Cold War. America tested the first Hydrogen bomb in 1952, beating the Russians in the creation of the "Super Bomb". He also mentions Television, which was important to the time as colored T.V. was invented . A big name he mentioned was Einstein, Played a key role in the creation of the Atomic bomb, but in the last decade of his life, Einstein dedicated himself to the cause of nuclear disarmament. "The war is won," he said in December 1945, "but the peace is not." The development of the atomic bomb and the subsequent arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union ushered in a new conflict: the Cold War. Einstein feared this battle would end with the destruction of civilization. But Einstein never gave up his fight for peace. In the years between 1945 and 1955, Einstein was at his most active politically, frequently speaking and writing about his desire for peace through international cooperation and elimination of all nuclear weapons . Lastly he mentions Vaccine, an important vaccine created was in the 1960 measles vaccine was developed.

Social/cultural developments

In one of his lines he says "North Korea, South Korea," and this brings up the importance of the Korean war which lasted from 1950-1953, Its significance was that it was the first armed conflict in the Cold War. It also created a stale mate between South and North Korea. It prevented North Korea from taking over all of Korea. It also showed that America was willing to send troops to contain communism and that Soviet Union was willing to send troops to expand communism. Last on the list of things I will discuss is he mentions "Red China," Red China is also known as Communist China, and just shows how Communism was affecting the world.
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