By Russell Duncan
Assuming no previous wisdom, modern the United States presents a full of life yet realized advent to the politics, society, economic climate, tradition, and foreign function of the U.S. before everything of the twenty first century. Introductory chapters set the scene when it comes to heritage and normal and human assets and a concluding bankruptcy assesses the customers for the longer term.
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Kennedy’s domestic program, the “New Frontier,” raised the minimum wage, built low-cost housing for the poor, sponsored a redevelopment program for poverty-stricken Appalachia – an area located primarily in Tennessee – and appointed more minorities to federal jobs than anyone had done before. , his administration could not be counted on to stand up to determined Southern white racism. It was in foreign policy that Kennedy made his mark, even after a bad start. A CIA-planned invasion of Cuba failed, and a few months later the world awoke to a new barrier – and a Soviet victory – the Berlin Wall.
Additionally, the stock market was booming and military involvement abroad was limited to peacekeeping missions to Africa (Somalia, Rwanda) and Eastern Europe (the former Yugoslavia). With the 1996 election approaching, Clinton announced his intention to balance the budget by 2002 and adopted the Reagan plan of return- 36 Contemporary America ing power to the states. Clinton was a fabulous talker and his ability to read the mood of the American people provided the margin for victory over Republican Bob Dole.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.