| Section 7 -
The Famous Quotes
Fasttrack to America's Past
|The quotes, top to bottom:
This is a line used by President Theodore
explain his approach to foreign policy in the early 1900s.
believed that America had an important role to play in world
He did not mind making a show of force to influence events, as he did
1903 to win permission to build a canal across Panama. But
did not mean America should become a bully among nations. The
suggests instead that holding a big stick will help win respect that
a nation to "speak softly."
2. "And we won't come back 'till it's..."
These words are from the most famous
patriotic song of
World War I. They were written by George M. Cohan, who also wrote
songs for Broadway. The song "Over There" tells proudly that the
Yanks (the Americans) "won't come back 'till it's over over
This is a famous line repeated throughout a
sad song that
tells the fate of many Americans in the Great Depression of the
As the go-go decade of the 1920s ended, the stock market crashed,
throwing millions of people out of work. Unemployment hit 25
at a time when few government programs existed to provide relief or
4. "I pledge you, I pledge myself, to..."
As Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the
Democratic Party nomination
for president in 1932, he included this line in his acceptance
The phrase "New Deal" became the name for his package of proposals to
the Great Depression and give help to the unemployed.
5. "Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date..."These are the famous words Americans heard from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, an American naval base in the Hawaiian Islands. In response to the attack, America entered World War II.
The pictures, top to bottom:
A drawing of the Wright brothers' first airplane. In 1903, they
the world's first heavier than air flying machine from the sand dunes
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The site was chosen for its steady
and isolated location.
A scene in a factory around 1920. Labor unions and other reform
were already making some progress toward improving the lives of
The struggle for modern work place laws, however, would continue
the 1930s and beyond.
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