Modern American History

Modern American History
American history, though nowhere near as epic as the history of Europe, is wrought with its own heroes and legendary personalities. The three most important span political, economic, and social borders. In its 300 years, the United States has not seen finer heroes than Benjamin Franklin, Alan Greenspan, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Their contributions in politics, regulation of the US economy, and roles in racial diversity, these legends have no precedent. Benjamin Franklin contributed to the culture of the US through his literature and his political presence. Franklin was born in the early 18th century, when England still had a grip on the politics of the colonies. Following the revolutionary war, in which he had important diplomatic duties, Franklin was one of the key framers of the Constitution. By then, Franklin was a ripe 81 years old, in the twilight years of his life. During his youth, he was an important author, contributing to one of the first papers, and also writing the Poor Richard’s Alamack.
His autobiography is also a very important work to this day. Franklin was also an important scientist of his time. His personality influenced many of the leaders of the baby American government. This coupled with his exceptional achievement made Franklin a great inspiration to the people of his time that lasts to this day. Alan Greenspan is a recent figure in history, but his impact on the present and future economics of America is incalculable. The chairman of the Federal Reserve, Greenspan is in charge of setting interest rates and reporting to the government on the state of the entire economy. In essence, Greenspan’s job is running the day-to-day and long-term economies of the United States. He is involved in international and domestic trade. In addition, he regulates the stock market. The effect he has had on the American public is not directly felt, but in a way he affects the lives of every citizen. On several occasions, Greenspan has saved the market from failure through quick action. He has always chosen the sound long-term route over a short-term benefit, even against protest. The market is a direct representation of the economy of the US, and Greenspan has a huge influence on it. Because of this, he changes the core process of money movement in America every day. And since he never succumbs to short-term prospects, Greenspan has ensured a sound future economy. Martin Luther King, Jr. was without a doubt the most important race relations leader in the history of the United States. King was the single man who inspired millions to fight for the cause of unity in the US. Despite the ban on slavery, America had deep segregation and prejudice until the 1960s. King drove the Negroes of America to march on Washington, D.C. to fight for rights. He was behind the movement that caused John F. Kennedy to sign a bill of civil rights. It is hard to imagine what the US would be like today without his diligence and vigilance. Perhaps we would still be living in an era like that of Atlanta, Georgia in the 1960s. No one can say what might have been, but it is certain that Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the hearts of many who might have hated based on race. Though they lived in different times and eras, Franklin, King, and Greenspan all had great influences in their respective fields. So great was their influence that it changed the way the culture of America works. Franklin changed the political landscape by contributing to the constitution and providing a non-religious book for the masses to read. Greenspan is changing the way business is done in the US and abroad, and King forever made the world a better place to live by appealing to the American senses.

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