It affects us all

Posted: May 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
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The author of the book “Guns at Last Night”, Rick Atkinson and somewhat of an expert on WWII. When asked why he was drawn to this subject in an interview on NPR Rick said
“It’s 70 years later, but it so imprints us. Almost everything about American society is affected by World War II: our feelings about race; our feelings about gender and the empowerment of women, moving women into the workplace; our feelings about our role in the world. All of that comes in a very direct way out of World War II.”
WWII happened between 1939 and 1945 so I was skeptical as to wether or not the war had inch an affect on American society as the author claims. I did some research and realized that race was changed in American society by WWII. African American veterans from WWII came back to a segregated nation and made some changes. In 1955 10 years after soliders came home one of the most successful civil rights movements took place in the United States. The veterans from WWII came back and felt much like the protagonist in the Walter Mosley’s “Devil in a Blue Dress”. “I ate with them and slept with them, and I killed enough blue-eyed young men to know that they were just as afraid to die as I was.” Today the highest office of the country belongs to an African American, that seems to be influence.
Women did not see much combat but stayed home and ran the country. Jobs which were done before by men were being done and done well by women. Women supported their soldiers, their family, their country and looked great doing it! Women today hold positions of power in both the private and public sector. I predict a woman president in the USA within the next decade.
WWII only lasted 6 years but it took the lives of over 70 million people. The worlds population was only 2.3 billon at that time. So math genius around 3 percent of the world paid for WWII.
It is called the greatest generation for a reason.

Of all the lessons learned from WWII maybe the most important one is that human life, no matter what race, religion or sex is important a gift and should be respected and appreciated by everyone. If only this lesson were followed, there is no telling what our generation could accomplish.
To sum up this post I would like to list just a few of the greatest generations accomplishments.

Walked on the moon
Interstate highways
Civil rights
World economic super power
United Nations international force
Rebuilt Japan
Rebuilt Europe
Peanuts by Charles Shultz
Any work by Kurt Vonnegut
The polio vaccine
Rock and roll
The integrated circuit
Thank you greatest generation we will forever be in your debt!



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