America Is Influential

Based off what you have learned about American History from class and/ or through research I made in my opinion “America is Influential”. I believe this because throughout history the United States has been very influential, because we tend to try to stay a step ahead of the other countries, we influence other countries because they want to keep up with us and they tend to try to be like us or better, but we always have a trick up our sleeves, we have a surprise for them, our inventions are ahead of everyone. new and better technology.


THE MEDIA 1950's

Turn on the radio, check the TV listings, look what’s playing at the local cinema, pull out a computer game or just go online and search for a nice chat room – do any of these things and within a short time you will run into American cultural influence. Why does America have such reach in these media? One answer is market. The United States has a domestic market of over 300 million people in addition to a potential global market of more than two billion English speakers. That means Americans can profitably produce a great many TV programs, films, songs, computer games and other products for use at home and then export the same programs abroad at very low prices. No other country has this advantage in both numbers and language.

Another reason is innovation. It is often in the United States that new forms of communication have either been invented or perfected. TV broadcasting is a good example of this. In the 1950s American TV networks created a zoo of new program types including game shows, soap operas, mystery shows, westerns and, of course, situation comedies (sit-coms) that were later exported internationally. Later, cable TV expanded the variety and quality of American shows creating such international best sellers as The Sopranos, Sex and the City and Heroes. And it also set the foundation for the first international news network, CNN (Cable New Network). Perhaps the easiest example to recognize is the phenomenal rise in the use of personal computers and the World Wide Web over the last decades. Both were pioneered in the US and eventually spread world wide, carrying American cultural influences with them.

Arts as in Literature

Like other national literatures, American literature was shaped by the history of the country that produced it. For almost a century and a half, America was merely a group of colonies scattered along the eastern seaboard of the North American continent—colonies from which a few hardy souls tentatively ventured westward. After a successful rebellion against the motherland, America became the United States, a nation. By the end of the 19th century this nation extended southward to the Gulf of Mexico, northward to the 49th parallel, and westward to the Pacific. By the end of the 19th century, too, it had taken its place among the powers of the world—its fortunes so interrelated with those of other nations that inevitably it became involved in two world wars and, following these conflicts, with the problems of Europe and East Asia. Meanwhile, the rise of science and industry, as well as changes in ways of thinking and feeling, wrought many modifications in people’s lives. All these factors in the development of the United States molded the literature of the country.

AMERICA "The Melting Pot"

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the metaphor of a "crucible" or "smelting pot" was used to describe the fusion of different nationalities, ethnicities and cultures. It was used together with concepts of the United States as an ideal republic and a "city upon a hill" or new promised land.[citation needed] It was a metaphor for the idealized process of immigration and colonization by which different nationalities, cultures and "races" (a term that could encompass nationality, ethnicity and race proper) were to blend into a new, virtuous community, and it was connected to utopian visions of the emergence of an American "new man". While "melting" was in common use the exact term "melting pot" came into general usage in 1908, after the premiere of the play The Melting Pot by Israel Zangwill.

The first use in American literature of the concept of immigrants "melting" into the receiving culture are found in the writings of J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur. In his Letters from an American Farmer (1782) Crevecoeur writes, in response to his own question, "What then is the American, this new man?" that the American is one who "leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the government he obeys, and the new rank he holds. He becomes an American by being received in the broad lap of our great Alma Mater. Here individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men, whose labors and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world." In 1845, Ralph Waldo Emerson, alluding to the development of European civilization out of the medieval Dark Ages, wrote in his private journal of America as the Utopian product of a culturally and racially mixed "smelting pot", but only in 1912 were his remarks first published. In his writing, Emerson explicitly welcomed the racial intermixing of whites and non-whites, a highly controversial view during his lifetime.

Visual Representation

For my visual representation i chose two main people, one Civil Movement Activist (Martin Luther King Jr) and one computer scientist ( Steve Jobs). I chose both of them because in my opinion I think that without their opinions/inventions our society wouldn't be how it is today. Martin Luther king Jr. he's well known for being the main civil movement activist, he changed society in the 1950's - 60's by organizing non violent marches. Steve Jobs is known heavily for his most successful corporation "Apple", he also shaped society with everyone of his inventions, he brought us closer and closer to the so call "Future". He manage to combine multiple everyday use electronic devices like MP3 players, calculators, watches, navigation systems and much more, Steve Jobs manage to combine all these devices into one cellular device.



Martin Luther King Jr. is a huge symbol of the Civil right movements. I chose him because he is very influential up to this date. He’s known for his form of non violent marches. He fought for African Americans had all their rights that were taken away from them, he believed in equal rights for everyone no matter your race, religion or color. King started as a preacher, following his dad’s footsteps. King used religion to create these successful non violent form of retaliating, they remained peaceful no matter what obstacles were thrown at them. Another reason why I chose MLK is because he influenced our 44th president, Barack Obama. According to many websites they stated that “When Barack Obama arrived in Chicago from New York City, in 1985, one of his goals was to connect with the African-American community. And one of the ways he did that was by studying the civil rights movements, in particular the life story of Martin Luther King Jr.”


Steve Jobs in my opinion is the father of electronic devices. Jobs in my opinion is very influential, just for the reason that he created a device that had multiple roles, even though some of his inventions weren’t successful and almost made him go bankrupt and loose everything, he didn’t give up and he kept working to create now one of the biggest and prosperous corporations ever. For many people they argue that Jobs was a computer genius that was decades ahead of his time. Jobs went from making little to just a couple hundreds to making $586 billion. Steve Jobs in my opinion is one of the most influential person ever, he managed to create a multi billion dollar corporation with himself and two friend Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in April 1976. This shows us that we can all be successful in life, all we need is income, ideas and motivation.






Name: Chester Fisher Jr

Teacher: Mrs. Sandoval

Period 2

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