The Balance of Social Change - The Balance of Social Change Bailey Smith History 1378 Section 9 Dr Nancy Young The social unrest and injustices

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The Balance of Social Change Bailey Smith History 1378, Section 9 Dr. Nancy Young October 21, 2014
The social unrest and injustices prevalent during the Second World War and Cold War instilled the importance of a balance between political and social actions to produce a successful step towards cultural improvement. Though each national conflict reflected current international crises, evidence suggests that single sided action provides minimal progression; however, that is not to say that unorganized movements by both parts ensure optimal results. Rather, cooperation and balance between the political and social counterparts of the United States is vital for cultural transitions after a thorough examination of four key conflicts within the United States during these eras: the injustice for the African Americans and Jewish refugees during World War II and the youth rebellion and motion for gender equality within the Cold War. The scientific law discovered by Sir Isaac Newton that addresses the relationship between actions and reactions is a universal idea that is applicable to a wide variety of nonscientific topics, including society. Within this idea, there is a general acceptance that the in the absence of action, there simply cannot be a reaction. The United States government found itself in this very predicament at the beginning of World War II. As the nation refrained from any involvement in affairs associated with the current global conflicts, the Jewish inhabitants of Europe desperately sought political asylum from their impending doom. Many nations, including the United States, declined refuge to this faction, leaving them displaced and panicked. As news of the increasing demand for Jewish refuge hit the shelves, American Anti-Communist Organizations released flyers that promoted the impending dislocation of work upon their arrival, directly proclaiming, “European Jews are now coming to the United States to throw white American workers out of jobs.” The nation’s officials justified their lack of action with fears of further crippling the wounded economy and causing a social uproar; however, the government and sympathetic citizens, alike, regretted this position immediately after news of death camps for the trapped
Jewish community surfaced in 1942. This realization galvanized the American desire to for victory over the Axis powers, but for many Jews, this initiative was far too late. While national interests are always a reasonable component in making decisions, the absence of international action that resulted from the bystander effect resulted in the genocide of innocent individuals. In

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