When Everything Changes
American history, or really history in general is not always marked by extraordinary events, stunning personalities, or extraordinary speeches. Much of the history of a great nation is a slow and slow improvement, a retreat and then how people recover from that setback. But in the context of American history, there are a number of truly phenomenal moments when everything changes. This is not only a one-day event, although there are also sudden events. But this is an event that has happened, Americans think about themselves, the world and their place in a totally different world. And it should be noted what the event was and how they changed Americans forever.
Obviously the revolution itself and the founding of the state changed a small group of colonists who considered themselves British far from home. When American independence is carried out, the vision of ourselves is completely different. We are now a proud new nation, a new kind of nationality that has its own view of the world and its own hopes and dreams.
World War II is a type of event that once we experience the extraordinary trials, struggles, and victories demanded by people's war, we can never again see ourselves in the same way as we thought before the war. Our victory against Japan, Germany, and their allies gave us extraordinary confidence that we could influence world history for the better. But it also gave us a sense of extraordinary responsibility. When we dropped the bombs on Japan, everyone on the planet began to understand the terrible power that is now in the hands of mankind, for one season in the hands of America and a great responsibility for the fate of humanity who came of that kind. power.
Pearl Harbor while part of World War II should be mentioned by itself because of the fundamental change in how America sees itself in its relationship with the world. Before the attack, Americans considered themselves immune. Like a teenager who thought they could never be hurt, we had never been attacked in our homeland before. But Japan proves that they can not only attack us but they can also hurt us. Yes, we responded with anger but since then, we know that we, like everyone in the world, are vulnerable and we must start behaving differently in a world full of friends and enemies.
Outside the military world, the famous I Have a Dream Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King in March in Washington on August 28, 1963 not only changed the black community forever. Yes, the speech had a big impact on the way the African-American community saw their future and that inspired and hoped for the struggling civil rights movement that pushed it towards victory. But it also affects all Americans because we begin to see ourselves as a community of many cultures, many races and many orientations. That is the beginning of acceptance in this country. But it is a process that is far from over.
In modern times, attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 had a drastic effect on the minds and hearts of America and even the world. We are still learning how the effect will eventually show itself as a ripple of shock, fear, anxiety and retaliation still ongoing. But certainly, like Pearl Harbor, the effect on our feelings about our place in the world and our vulnerability is of course changed forever.