America is able to persevere Samantha valle period 6


For this project, I chose the statement, "America is able to persevere." I chose this word because I learned that through out, this country's history, we have been faced with challenges that we have been able to overcome and push through. Without these challenges we wouldn't be who we are today. Tough times ware what shape and mold us, not only as individuals, but as whole. I believed that 9/11, World War II, and the Great Depression all held the same characteristics as far as the role they played in our history. 9/11 and World War II required the American citizens to work together as this was the only for them to survive these events. The Great Depression was slightly different because this event took a toll harder than others, but everyone could still relate and find relief in each other. Nonetheless, they all required Americans to think and work together as a group rather than individuals. To me, this proves that this is what America is about, to not think for our own individual gain, but to think for the benefit of everyone.

9/11 (2001)

On September 11, 2001, there was a terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York City. A plane had crashed into these buildings and as a result killed nearly 3,000 people and injured 6,000. Because of these countless casualties, the attack on 9/11 was named "The Most Deadliest Attack in the United States." These deaths did not go unrecognized. This tragedy cause a nationwide emotion, patriotism. According to Rev. Donald Mier, pastor of the First Baptist Church, on September 10, 2001, he stated," I do see that volunteerism has increased in our city, people want to take care of their neighbors more now." After this attack, people acted on instinct and comforted one another. Even though majority of the nation was struct with grief and was effected by this event, they still managed to pull through. They believed that we needed to band together as we were not individually hurt but we were hurt as a whole. This mentality sticks with us now as we remember the fallen through an unofficial holiday, Patriot Day, every year since.

World War II (1939)

During World War II, majority of men were drafted to go and fight in the war leaving women to do jobs back at home. With the men off to war, women were left to do all factory jobs. This opportunity was turned into propaganda by using the famous "Rosie the Riveter" character to promote and persuade women to work these jobs. In the article, "The World War II Home Front," it states, "The war caused disruptions at home. Americans faced shortages that required them to deal with the hassle of rationing. They had to provide the necessary coupons—issued by the Office of Price Administration—to be able to purchase items in short supply like sugar, or meat, or gasoline. Housing shortages plagued people moving to war-production centers,". In the U.S., the war forced many people to rationalize and conserve resources as all efforts had to put toward fighting. In that same article, it states, "The number of working women rose from 14,600,000 in 1941 to 19,370,000 in 1944. In the latter year, 37 percent of all adult women were in the labor force." This shows that the war persuade the growth of employment because women were now becoming a vital necessity for America's stability in economics. These women were not forced to work, they could have easily let their country go to waste as the men were overseas, as before the war they were not as of equal importance as men were. However, they adjusted from being second class citizens to vital necessities to a secured future.

The Great Depression (1929)

The Great Depression era started from 1929 and lasted until 1939. During this time, many people were financially unstable and could hardly afford the basic necessities.

Work Cited

  • Ellis, Neenah. "Survivors Of The Great Depression Tell Their Stories." NPR. NPR, 27 Nov. 2008. Web. 21 Mar. 2017. <>
  • O'Connor, Kevin P. "America's Sense of Unity, Patriotism Strengthened after 9/11." The Herald News, Fall River, MA. The Herald News, Fall River, MA, 03 Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Mar. 2017. <>.
  • SecondThoughts3/8/16. "The World War II Home Front." The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. N.p., 16 Aug. 2012. Web. 21 Mar. 2017. <>.

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