America: Through Good Times and Bad

Written by Jordan Nolen

Industrialization

One of America's best ideas was the laissez-faire policy in my opinion. It was a policy stating the government would not interfere with industry. This allowed free enterprise and kept the government from seeming too controlling.
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Oil drilling and refining was a great accomplishment for the USA. Oil was and is a very valuable resource. Drilling and refining in America brought in a lot of money for the country. It makes Mr proud to think how much we were able to prosper because of this.
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A not so bright thing in American history was the assimilation of Native Americans. Forcing natives to stop their nomadic ways and live in a permanent place was wrong. We even changed their very culture right down to the way they dressed. America also took their children away and put them in schools. I am ashamed of this moment in the country's history.
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Immigration

The Chinese Exclusion act is something I am ashamed of the U.S. for. It was a law passed to stop free immigration into America. Also, it kept Chinese laborers from entering the country at all. It is not fair to them and it is extremely racist.
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The pull factors of America is something that I am proud of. People wanted to come to America because it was better, and that is pretty amazing to think about. The USA attracted foreigners with job opportunities and freedom. The economic potential attracted many people from around the world.
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Steerage was a bad thing. It was class separation to say the last. The lower class people were stuffed in rooms so packed that one person could hardly move. They lived on the boats for weeks sometimes in these horrible conditions while the upper class received rooms to themselves in the upper decks.
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Urbanization

Municipality is when a city basically governs itself. It has very little intervention from the federal government. I feel that it was a good thing for America. Although I don't think it was the most effective way to operate, it was good to at least try it out.
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Subways were excellent for this country. They provide transportation for people who are too far away to walk. If you are in a large city, you cannot walk everywhere, so the subway was extremely useful. Also, it provided revenue for the city it was in.
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I am proud of public services in the USA. they allowed people to get where there needed. Along with subways, things like trams and taxis were very useful to the everyday citizen.
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Progressivism

President Theodore Roosevelt was an excellent president. He introduced many new ideas and policies. He introduced trust busting and the big stick policy. He was one of the most influential presidents in American history.
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Trust busting was a great policy for America. It was introduced by Teddy Roosevelt to help regulate businesses and keep them competitive. It was where the government would break up trusts that were getting too large and turning into monopolies. It was created so that no company would corner a market and be able to inflate their prices.
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The 19th amendment was a great moment in American history where I believe we evolved as a nation. This amendment gave women the right to vote. Although they had been fighting for suffrage for far too long, at least they recieved the ability. It is definitely something I am proud of.
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Imperialism

The Monroe doctrine was a good move for America I think. It was where America stayed that European efforts to colonize or interfere with the Americas would be viewed as an act of aggression. This was put into action to protect territory and resources alike and was very smart to do.
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The open door policy was a good move for America. It was where America suggested to keep free trade open with China for everyone. They put this into action because America did not want to be shut out from trade with China by European nations.
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The Panama canal is something I am both proud and ashamed of. I don't exactly approve on how they obtained the land to construct it, but it was a great asset to America. They backed up Panama in their revolt to separate from Columbia. After they did, they took the land for the canal as payment for help.
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World War I

The 14 points are also something I am both proud and ashamed of. The fact that the senate refused to give the OK to sign it is the thing I am shamed of. They were created by president Wilson as general rule to keep peace. He had very good ideas, especially the League of Nations, but without the USA, it fell through.
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The removal of trade barriers idea was great. It was one of the 14 points and would have been beneficial for every country. Being able to trade with anyone you please would bring more money to more areas and improve relations worldwide.
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The sinking of the Lusitania was a horrible event. I think the USA responded appropriately. Germans sank the boat while american citizens on board while using unrestricted submarine warfare. America responded by telling Germany not to use it anymore in which they agreed. This brought America a step closer to entering world war one.