This public perception made polio the major disease in the U.S. for almost 40 years while many other diseases were killing more people. The limited knowledge surrounding polio in the beginning, that fact that polio struck while the U.S. was at the height of a near obsession with sanitation, while at the same time associating disease with being unclean, and the nature of the disease to effect only young children at the beginning created and only helped to add to the mystery and panic that surrounded the disease. The public and scientific perception that created the lasting image of polio changed dramatically from the first major U.S. epidemic in 1916 to the ten years from 1945 to 1955 and finally in the period directly following the creation of the polio vaccine in 1955. The polio virus, also known as poliomyelitis is an intestinal infection that spreads “from person to person through contact with… unwashed hands, shared objects, contaminated food and water.” Symptoms are often mild including headaches and nausea however about 1 in 100 cases can result in the virus invading “the brain stem and the central nervous system” and “destroying the nerve cells” . In other words the disease causes paralysis in 1 in 100 victims.
September 11, 2001 was the date of one of the worst terrorist attacks ever to this day, this event has drastically change how people live everyday life, and also the course of history. In the morning on September 11th three planes were hijacked, with the intended purpose of killing American civilians. Two of these three planes were flown into the towers of the world trade center, while the third was aimed at the pentagon. Because of this for the last decade the United States, among other countries, has fought a war on terror around the world that has resulted in new laws and policies that have drastically taken away the rights of human beings both in foreign countries and domestically. The war on terror has changed the lives of millions of people around the world irreparably.
The greatest crime perhaps is the slow murder of the planet. The world has suffered more ecological damage in the past fifty years, than ever before. Oil spills, toxic dumps and nuclear testing, plague the world's resources. The majority of these originating from the world's 'protectors'. The greatest victim of all our wars, is Earth.
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AIDS is a disease that is transmitted easily through unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing of needles, blood transfusion, and childbirth. Without proper knowledge and equipment, it is very difficult to prevent the spread of AIDS. Ever since the illness was discovered thirty years ago, it has taken the lives of thirty million people and affected the lives of many, many more. The AIDS pandemic has been and still is most severe in third-world countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It has impacted the economies of entire nations by crippling and killing individuals in the most productive years of their lives (“HIV/AIDS”).
Americans belived it's country was invunerable to an attack. Two Generations have passed since the last attack on American soil, and that was thousands of miles of the mainland in Hawaii. The attack on Pearl Harbor changed the face of America, just as September 11th changed the face of America today. The biggest national security problem America faced before September 11th was illegal immigrants. Post 9/11 America saw the biggest National Security lockdown in our history.
“The decade began with double-digit inflation, Reagan declared a war on drugs, Kermit didn't find it easy to be green, hospital costs rose, we lost many, many of our finest talents to AIDS which before the decade ended spread to black and Hispanic women, and unemployment rose,” according to Peggy Whitely of Lone Star College. Although this time seemed like all fun and games, there were many problems. People say we lost the meaning of “We” and it suddenly became “I.” Citizens were realizing that you couldn’t depend on others around you; they were coming up with new ideas, and inventions to allow things to be more efficient. Although the 1980’s suffered a huge change for the American people, the fads and fashion part of the people strived, as well as the inventions. These two things will be some of the most historical, yet fascinating parts of the 80’s generation in American History.
The total domination of the socialist government towards the society caused many mistakes that made China face many disasters, for example, the severe famine caused the death of 30 million people from 1959 to 1961 (Zhao 42), or the Cultural Revolution which annihilated traditional culture and murdered a lot of intellectuals. In 1978, the new leaders decided to reform to rescue the Chinese economy which was on the verge of collapse. They corrected the past mistakes with an open-door policy on all areas from economy to culture, thus loo... ... middle of paper ... ...down the student demonstrations and somehow killed the revolution spirit of the people, the world will always remember the Tiananmen protest as significant, bravery and dramatic civil disobedience in the pursuit for democracy. Works Cited Branigan, Tania. “China lifts ban on Tiananmen sites.” Guardian.co.uk 3 August 2008.
Although the timing varied for cities across the United States, it was considered the longest, most widespread and deepest depression of the 20th Century. The Great Depression started with the collapsing of the U.S. stock market prices. The stock markets crashed on 10/29/1929, marking it the day known as “Black Tuesday.” The American people needed help more than ever. Due to the Great Depression and war, many hospitals became obsolete and over 40% of the nation’s countries didn't have any hospitals. Luckily, a new law passed by Congress would solve that problem.
AIDS: The Modern Epidemic When we speak on the taboo subject of AIDS, many questions arise. First of all where did this wretched disease come from, what is it, who has it, and who can contract it? AIDS has terrorized the world for over 20 years and yet there is still no cure. In its short existence it has become one of the most rapidly spreading diseases in the history of mankind. The question regarding AIDS is, “will there ever be a cure?” Scientists may never be able to answer that question.