Changing History: 1945-1980 Essay

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Following the end of World War II, the United States of America needed to rebuild and advance overall. In the late 1940’s the Cold War began, rather than a physical war, this was one of political and social disagreements between nations, the two biggest being the United States and the Soviet Union. The United States was gradually becoming less conservative, more simplistic, and advancing quickly; the United States’ society was not readily open to change. Although, there were a few events that changed U.S. history. The landing of man on the moon from Apollo 11, The Supreme Court’s decision and the disarray from its unravelling of Roe versus Wade and The Vietnam War all affected the United States history.
As a result of the Cold War America had been in an indirect dispute with the Soviet Union, fueled by competitive attitudes. The accomplishment of space exploration was a hot topic between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.; thus the term “space race” came to use. On May 25, 1961, John F. Kennedy announced the goal of sending an American safely to the Moon (Garber) before this decade is out (Kennedy). This goal was verbalized by Kennedy in 1961 giving The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) until 1971 to accomplish it. This objective drove NASA’s creation of the Apollo Program. Apollo 11 was a part of NASA’s Apollo Program; Apollo 11’s mission objection was to land on the moon. The spacecraft’s commander was the iconic Neil Armstrong. Apollo 11 was launched on July 16,…