Grade 11, Honors U.S. History
October 1, 2012
The Impact of Jewish Americans in the Early 1900â€™s
At the beginning of the 20th century people in America where changing. They changed lifestyles, fashion, ideas, and culture. There where people coming from all parts of the world, leaving their homes behind in hope of achieving the American dream. So many people where coming over that The United States had to make a limit of how many foreigners could become citizens. Prior to the Immigration Act of 1924, close to two million Jews were moving to America per year before this law. The act allowed less than 10,000 Jewish people to enter the U.S. per year ...view middle of the document...
Apart from being in â€œBill and Tedâ€™s Excellent Adventureâ€, Freud dug into the minds of people and made them question how they thought. Many say he is one of the greatest theorists of the 20th century; he is one of the most controversial as well. One of his most famous theories is The Interpretation of Dreams. ("Sigmund Freudâ€)
Another genius of the early 1900â€™s is Jonah Salk. Jonah discovered a cure for the disease known as Polio, which before Mr. Salkâ€™s discovery, killed countless innocent lives.
There is a stereo-type that Jews are not good at sports now, but I do not believe that existed at the time of Hank Greenberg. Hank, a.k.a. Hammerinâ€™ Hank, tied many baseball records including Babe Ruthâ€™s record of 58 home runs in 1938, and was twice named Most Valuable Player. Hammerin Hank served America by entertaining it in baseball, and in the army during World War II. All these men influenced America and the world in important ways.
I find the history of the Jewish religion to be a very fascinating one. Jewish people have had many hardships in their times on Earth, from being enslaved by the Egyptians and massacred by the Nazi party, but I see a bright and fulfilling future.
History of Italian-Americans
Many Americans come from Italy. The Italians started coming to America as early as the 1870â€™s and have influenced American life in so many way. Many of them from the southern region of Italy because of the Italian constitution that favored the northerners considerably. The north was richer and did not have to pay as much taxes as the south. One of the most popular additions Italy has made to America is their cuisine.
When Italians came to America they brought with them their delicious foods. Some of their foods include linguini, pizza, spaghetti, cannoli, and cappuccino to name a few. When families moved to America they made all their own food fresh. My grandma and grandpa on my momâ€™s side of the family are of Italian decent and they told me stories of how their parents made fresh spaghetti sauce and used a very old family recipe that has been passed down to my mom.
Many parts of Italy are known for fine wine and Italians drink it as a regular part of life. Even though most Italians had a better life in America than in their home land, they were arriving during Americaâ€™s prohibition on alcohol. Numerous Americans did not support this law and the Italians did not either. Even now the drinking age in Italy is only 16. This made them decide to get involved in organized...