Memorable Moment

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Section A: Question 1: Prior to taking this course, what has been the most memorable moment you have had in a history class or a history-based activity, and what made it so memorable? The most memorable moment I have had in a history class was when I was in 11th grade. During the second semester we learned about the Japanese attacking Pearl Harbor. Although I wasn 't alive during the time of the attack, I still feel connected to it and I consider it a memorable moment. I 've always hated history and found it to be extremely boring up until I learned about Pearl Harbor. This topic seemed to really intrigue me and it kept me focused and interested. There was something about the topic that really pulled me in and got me to focus. Since I 'm …show more content…
By the end of the day approximately 2,000 soldiers and sailors had been killed and about another 1,000 wounded. With all the deaths and all the wounded, that was not the most shocking part or motivational part for me. The part that intrigued me the most was how this tragic event rallied the entire nation towards defeating Japan. The speech that President D. Roosevelt gave to Congress when asking for a declaration for war was watched by millions of Americans and gave all Americans a purpose to set aside all there differences. Within the following week tens of thousands of men volunteered to join the US arm forces to fight against Japan. The manufacturing sector of the United States, which produced cars, typewriters, and even sewing machines, was immediately transformed to producing surplus to be used by the military. These corporations now produce tanks, guns, parachutes, and clothing to be worn by the military soldiers. The country was just coming out of a Great Depression where no one had work and barley enough food to eat everyday. Now everyone had a job and a purpose to do their part in defeating the Japanese, …show more content…
I never really thought of World War One having a big impact on my family, but I now realize after talking to my grandparents that it did. World War Two was a direct result of the harsh Treaty of Versailles from World War One and the rise of German nationalism and the rise of Adolf Hitler. During the 1930’s and 40’s my mother’s parents grew up on adjacent farms in Italy. Both farms made a decent living for their families and eventually my grandfather and grandmother were married. They continued to live on the farms until the advent of World War Two. During World War Two their families lost the farms and they were forced to hide from the Italian and German soldiers. Eventually as a result of not being able to find good employment my grandparents moved from Italy to Venezuela. There, my grandfather found a job as a tailor in Venezuela and six out of nine of my aunts and uncles had been born. As tensions rose in Venezuela my grandfather moved his family to New York City where my mother grew up and met my

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