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Running head: MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENTS 1 Most Significant Events Jamie Jordan HIS/135 April 3, 2001 Keri Cross
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MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENTS 2 Most Significant Events The five decades that followed the World War II saw significant social, economic, and political events that had a powerful impact on the American people. Many Americans in the past century have witnessed many changes that have made an impact on how the way our country runs and also the quality of human lives exists. There are a multitude of growing changes that are due to either national or global factors that still remain today. The purpose of this paper is to give an idea about how many different events over the past five decades have changed the world in which we now live in. The American people have been through several changes both good and bad; also the American people have been through Wars and different Presidents that have both hurt us and helped us in many ways. This paper will explain five of those events. 1950’s - The Korean War There were many social, economic, and political events that happened in the 1950’s. One of the most significant events at this time was the Korean War. The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 and had ended on July 27, 1953. North Korea and South Korea were the two major participants in this particular war. South Korea refused to hold elections based on North Koreas demands and wants, so therefore the Korean War began. In the early hours on June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. North Korea took their time in planning their invasion on South Korea, also took the time in what weapons they were to use in their battle. South Korea was outnumbered in both man power and fire power. The United States had forces in Japan, at the time North Korea invaded South Korea. The United States decided the appropriate thing to do was to help South Korea because the United States did not agree with North Korea’s plans. Another reason for the United States to give aid to South Korea was to avoid communism. The United States decided to bomb North Korea’s oil refineries and their seaports to stop or prevent
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MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENTS 3 them from receiving supplies, cutting off any and all supplies in order for South Korea to have a fighting chance to defend their country and fight in this war. (D. Bilger, March 2000) South Korea was able to intimidate North Korea by having the United States as their back up. The United States crossed into North Korea in October 1950, taking over 135,000 in prisoners. This caused a decrease in the number of soldiers in the North Korean Army. China started supplying North Korea with all their war needs at this time. By doing this the United States tried to bomb the ways North Korea was receiving these resources, which caused China to interfere in the war. Neither North Korea nor South Korea won this war; the two basically ended the war
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course ETH 125 125 taught by Professor Jordan during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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