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    What do people think about when they hear the word politics? To further that, what do they think of when they hear the term polarization? Congress is in a constant battle between parties, and this, in turn, keeps us in an almost constant state of gridlock. Susan Page, Jim Douglas, Brian Resnick, and Norman Ornstein have all written articles explaining political polarization, civil discourse, or the solutions to these problems. In Susan Page’s article “Divided We Now Stand,” she mainly focuses on the citizen aspects of the political polarization argument. Similarly, Jim Douglas in “Beyond Partisanship” focuses on political polarization in congress. Brian Resnick then tells us how our brain is the cause of this polarization in “How Politics Breaks Our Brains and How We Can Put Them Back Together.” Finally, in “What’s Wrong with Washington? Tribalism,” Norman Ornstein discusses “tribalism,” or polarization, in Washington. The main point these articles revolve around is political polarization. Political polarization, as Ornstein puts it, works like this; “if you are for it, I am reflexively against it- even if I was for it yesterday” (180). Page gives an example in her article…

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    1947, Harry S. Truman delivered an address to Congress asking for aid to Greece and Turkey to prevent a communist takeover in the two countries. This address to Congress became known as the Truman Doctrine. Turkey and Greece were on the verge of being taken over by communist guerilla bands backed by the Soviet Union. President Truman asked Congress for $400 million to strengthen the governments of Turkey of Greece. Congress acted in accordance with Truman’s request and provided effective…

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    Provisional Government

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    WWI erupts and Russia has a series of defeats that causes its people to be displeased with Tsar Nicholas (Wade, XIII). Tsar Nicholas II was forced to step down after the February Revolution (Barnes, n. pag.). The Duma Committee and Petrograd Soviet leaders announce the new government called the “Provisional Government” (Merriman & Winter, n. pag.). The new “Provisional Government” consisted of liberals, moderate socialists, and radical left socialists (Merriman & Winter, n. pag.). The liberals…

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    Analysis of President Kennedy’s moon speech The moon speech was given by President Kennedy on the 25th of May 1961. During the speech, President Kennedy announced the national goal which was landing on the moon and returning to Earth safely. He also indicated that this goal would be one of the most difficulty and impressive in the history of exploring the space. Landing on the moon was also one of the most remarkable events of mankind. President Kennedy used ethos and pathos effectively in the…

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    Iron Curtain

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    War, the post World War II period of hostility and tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, in many ways began before World War II even ended. The United States and the Soviet Union had opposing ideological principles that separated the countries. The United States accepted capitalist society while the Soviet Union believed in communism. Nevertheless, the US and USSR were allies during the second half of World War II, united in their epic struggle to defeat the Nazis. Their…

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    the Soviet Union. After the fall of Nazi’s regime, the Soviets were forcing their influence of communism and military control over the region. While the white house insisted that the European nation should follow the American path by open their minds the ideas about democracy and free trade business. In contrast, the Soviets were determined to…

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    Cold War Influence

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    Primarily a war between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Cold War proved a dark mark in international history. With a clear and distinct line drawn, the United States fought for capitalist principles while the Soviet Union for communist goals. Through proxy wars, wars incited by major powers utilizing external strife to attack each others interests, the United States and Soviet Union battled. Two examples of proxy wars during the Cold War include the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The…

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    As mentioned in the textbook, “Congress established the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in 1961 as a separate entity under Department of States auspices” (pg. 675). Kennedy’s domestic program which was described as “New Frontier”, was encountered with difficulty passaging through Congress. Even though it was problems with getting it passed through Congress, Kennedy was given more time to compromise on his legislative program. Kennedy received some advice which gave him the ideas to…

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    Sputnik Dbq Analysis

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    October 4, 1957 is when Soviet Union [Russia] launched Sputnik 1, starting the Space Race. 10 years earlier the cold war started mainly with United States and Soviet Union. Because of that, the Americans were worried because of the technology that they could possibly use for military purposes other than exploration. The Americans were being left behind in technology. They created NASA to build rockets and satellites to compete with the Soviet Union. Then on May 25, 1961, President John F.…

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    During World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union had joined forces to fight against Germany. Soviet and American relations began to deteriorate due to disagreements over military plans in WWII. A fear of the spread of communism and an aggressive American foreign policy in response to that fear. By 1947, the United States and the Soviet Union would be involved in the Cold War. In March 1946, former British Minister Winston Churchill spoke of the dangers to basic liberties posted by…

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