American History During the 1940S Term Paper

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[. . .] S. contributed to the decline of economic growth in the country during Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan's terms as president of the country. However, during his term, Reagan was able to bring back growth in the economy, primarily by cutting back on taxes and social programs, and increasing government revenues such as military revenues. This economic program, called the 'supply-side economics,' became popular during Reagan's administration, and this program won him the presidency in 1980. The 'supply side economics' Reagan subsisted to theorizes that cutting back on taxes would result to economic growth, and, in effect, government revenues. To decrease the problem of stagflation (increased rates of both prices and unemployment) of the previous administrations, Reagan applied this reform, which won him the presidency. In effect, the conservative stance of Reagan in his attempt to promote economic growth during his term had been a reaction of the society against the radicalism displayed by the country's previous administrations, leading to the downfall of American politics and economy during the 20th century.

The statement positing, "the United States failed in Vietnam because it was unwilling to commit sufficient resources to winning the war" is incorrect. This is because the statement is a direct contrast to the methods America took to win the war in Vietnam. In fact, the U.S. government had exhausted its resources, which includes soldiers and military weapons and equipment, in order to win the war in Vietnam. Because of these aggressive methods applied by the government, public opinion deemed it unnecessary to supply a large number of military force to win a war in a small country like Vietnam.

However, instead of gradually limiting the size of military force deployed in Vietnam, the government increased it. The main reason why the government is intent on winning the war is the threat that losing the war in Vietnam would mean that Communism had won in Asia, a possibility (and reality) that the U.S. cannot allow, especially since the country is a staunch supporter against Communism. Thus the stakes became higher as U.S. became involved in the war between North and South Vietnam. In order to win the war, U.S. sided with South Vietnam, and, instead of bringing back the two regions together, U.S. built greater animosity between the two regions in Vietnam. Thus, not only did U.S. lost the war against North Vietnam, but it also played a vital role in worsening the conflict between North and South Vietnam, resulting to the division of the current state of Vietnam, and continuing unrest in the country (between the two regions).

Despite the prosperity and development in American society in the post-World War II era, the social landscape of the country is still driven by prejudice and discrimination among the marginalized sector, especially the black Americans. In the 1960s, black American prejudice and discrimination have become a prevalent issue in the society, since activism and mobilization activities have become the norm in the U.S. Apart from the youth, women, and environmental activist movements, the black American movement, popularly termed as the civil rights movement, emerged as one of the most powerful mob rule in the history of America. Anne Moody, civil rights activist and writer during this period, has posited that the American government played an important role in propagating and tolerating prejudice and discrimination among white Americans against the black Americans. As a member of the organization CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), Moody experienced and witnessed how the government tolerated black American prejudice through Supreme Court, that is, the Constitution (laws). A famous case in point illustrating this situation is the Montgomery Bus Boycott organized in protest of the arrest of Rosa Parks in 1955, where she refused to give up her seat for a white person to occupy. Her arrest illustrates the tolerance for discrimination, and CORE (including Moody) protested against the unequal treatment of blacks from whites in the American society. Because of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the civil rights movement, Moody and other advocates for racial equality had achieved success in being accepted as equal citizens of America not only socially, but also constitutionally, with the formulation, legalization, and implementation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. [END OF PREVIEW]

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