Geography Final

Geography Final - Austin Thai Geography 70AC Professor...

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Austin Thai Geography 70AC Professor Johns December 7, 2009 By the beginning of the 20 th century, America had gone through a great transformation, especially with its cities, and exceeded other countries’ expectations of its existence and growth. Originally seen as mere colonies grouped together, America was now a unified country that displayed exponential growth in population, technology, and most importantly, its cities that remain a huge part of its identity and power. Throughout all of the 20 th and 21 st centuries, the American city’s development and growth was put to the test. It experienced growth peaks around the 1940s due to World War II and military affairs, but suddenly had hard times from the 1960s up to the 80s. The American city, though, is steadily growing back to its former glory by the present time. Although it will take a long time for the city to restore itself to its high and mighty status like in the 1940s, it has improved drastically since its sudden fall starting in the 60s. In my analysis of the ups and downs of the American city, the changes found will be chronologically traced, and show the progression in which American society is headed today. Not only is America constantly improving its cities upon old standards, but the progression of its technology and infrastructure will ensure that the American city will greatly recover to the point where it can bring forward major improvements that transcends the peaks of cities in the 1940s.
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The 1940s were a moment in time where military affairs and conflicts were everywhere and a constant concern for the United States and the rest of the world. Having just survived the Great Depression, World War II served as a point for the U.S. to recover quickly and prosperously from the Depression through war production. Since the war required a great amount of manpower and supplies needed to fight out at Europe, the men were drafted and sent off to war, and women soon found themselves working diverse amounts of jobs to make up for the drafted men. The government even reclassified 55% of their jobs to allow women and minorities, mainly African Americans, to work. Unemployment was basically nonexistent in the American economy, and contributed to American cities’ high peak in growth and development. Things from steel to paper to rubber were constantly desired for the war effort through scrap drives. As the war continued on, the country established a rationing system on food supplies and other valuable goods to support troops. Although this affected the lifestyle of Americans at the home front, it spurred them to adapt to other manners of acquiring resources, like “victory gardens,” which supplied 40% of the vegetables for the home front and the rest
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2010 for the course CHEM 70987 taught by Professor Hopkins during the Spring '10 term at UC Davis.

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