Continuity & Change in the United States 1998-2015

By: Ajah Dailey
Thesis Statement Here

Document A:

Source:Benjamin Weiser, January 9 1998

"MASTERMIND GETS LIFE FOR BOMBING OF TRADE CENTER"/Serial:Newspaper/America in the World/Year of Birth


Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, the man who masterminded the World Trade Center bombing five years ago, was sentenced yesterday to spend life plus 240 years in prison. And he defiantly proclaimed in court that ''I am a terrorist and I am proud of it.''

Judge Kevin Thomas Duffy of Federal District Court in Manhattan urged that Mr. Yousef spend his sentence in solitary confinement in a Colorado prison, the nation's most secure, calling him an ''apostle of evil'' who ''wanted to kill for the thrill of killing human beings.''

In trying to fashion an appropriate punishment, Judge Duffy said he could not impose the death penalty. But he said Mr. Yousef should be barred from seeing anyone but his lawyers, and suggested prison officials prohibit Mr. Yousef from even using the telephone to call his family.

The sentences applied to two separate cases. The first, the World Trade Center bombing, predated the 1994 Federal law that broadly expanded application of the death penalty. The other case involved Mr. Yousef's conspiracy, hatched in Manila and never fully carried out, to bomb American passenger airliners in the Far East. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in that plot.

During the Trade Center trial, prosecutors said Mr. Yousef came to the United States in September 1992 to organize the bombing because of the United States' support of Israel. The bombing on Feb. 26, 1993, killed six people and injured hundreds.

Historical Context: 1998- The document focuses on the court case for Ramzi Ahmed Yousef: the man who helped bomb the twin towers on 9/11.

Purpose: To inform readers about the court case and the outcome of the court case. The writer gives specific details for the reader to know.

America in the World: My source reflects the thematic learning objective by showing how terrorism effected the U.S and the economy was involved. The U.S no longer has good relations with specific countries in Europe because of this effect, court case,etc. A historian could find this source useful in the future because it ties into an important date that will foreve be remembered: 9/11.


Document B:

Source: Mazhar Mohad &,June 6 2007

"IPhone Commercials"/Serial:Commercial/Work, Exchange and Technology/2007


Historical Context: 2007- The document focuses on the timme period of when America was introduced to the latest technology that started it all for "smartphones"; the IPhone.

Purpose/Intended Audience: The purpose of this commercial was to inform viewers and consumers about the latest phone that's coming out. The author also wants to persuade consumers to buy the product.

Work, Exchange and Technology: This source ties into this learning objective because it is talking about the new technology that was released called the IPhone. The IPhone affected society by making peoples everyday life easier and was the start of "smartphones". It brings us to where we are today in technology.


Document C:

Source: Evan Ratfliff, June 26 2007

"Google Maps is Changing the way we see the World"/Serial:Magazine/Work, Exchange and Technology/2007


Online maps are clearly no longer just useful toys for finding your way to the stadium. During Hurricane Katrina, the Air Force used Google Earth to map out hundreds of rooftop rescues in New Orleans. Later, though, a user noticed that some of Google's satellite images of the city had been replaced with ones that predated Katrina. After reading press reports, congressmember Brad Miller (D-North Carolina) wrote to CEO Eric Schmidt complaining that the company "appears to be doing the victims of Hurricane Katrina a great injustice by airbrushing history." Google quickly replaced the images — which it said had been added automatically because their resolution was higher — with post-storm satellite photos.

"It was a surprise," says Chikai Ohazama, a Keyhole founder who now manages Google's constant updating of satellite and road map data. The incident, he says, "has definitely given me an appreciation that the database has become so much a part of people's lives."

And part of people's politics. Countries like Morocco and Bahrain have tried to block Google Earth, only to have residents smuggle in PDF files of the data. The BBC recently reported that Iraqi residents have been using the software to plot escape routes that avoid insurgent hot spots. And Hanke's team was accused of censorship when it swapped in alternate imagery of Basra after Britain said insurgents were using Google Earth to target its soldiers.

Historical Context: 2007- This magazine published this new technology achievement by google around the same time apple launched their IPhone. A lot of new technology was being released during this time period.

Point of View: The author was fascinated by this new technology that has been released from google. He finds it amazing how we can go from just plain images to satellite photos and 3D street view images. He also finds it interesting on how other countries have benefited and used this new technology.

Work, Exchange and Technology: This source ties into the theme because it talks about the new technology made by google. This new advancement in technology allows Americans and people in other countries to view different places around the world in a street view and in 3D as if they are actually there. This new improvement is a good and inexpensive way to get a view on the world. Historians might find this source useful in the future because it allows them to see how technology has changed over the years.


Document D:

Source: Barack Obama, November 4 2008

"TRANSCRIPT:"This is our Victory" says Obama"/Speech/Politics and Power/2008



Hello, Chicago.

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.

We are, and always will be, the United States of America.

Historical Context: 2008- This speech was given from Barack Obama after he won the presidency election in 2008.

Intended Audience: Barack was speaking to the citizens of the United States of America after he won the election. He was talking to us as our new president, telling us what America will be as him as president.

Politics and Power: This source ties into the theme because it is when America received our first African-American president; Barack Obama. He now has to represent our country and follow our constitution to help America. He also is involved with declaring war and our military troops.


Document E:

Source: The New York Times, May 8 2011

"How Osama Bin Laden was Located and Killed"/Artifacts/America in the World/2011


Historical Context: 2011- The artifacts are from and represent the day Osama Bin Laden was killed by our U.S troops.

Purpose: The purpose of these artifacts were to represent our country's victory, pride and determination. These documents were showing how the troops were able to locate Bin Laden and were determined to do so. They kept the brick (which is now showcased in the 9/11 memorial museum) to show the victory and pride America gained as a whole.

America in the World: This ties into the theme by the U.S troops  involvement overseas. Our troops captured and killed Bin Laden in his country, which now makes us involved in that country; "America in the World". A historian could find this source useful in the fiture becuase it is an artifact that would be even more valuable because it represtents an important date that was long ago.


Document F:

Source:David Rovics, January 5 2014

"Government Shutdown"/Music/Politics and Power/2013-14


Historical Context: 2013/14- the song was written and published after the effect of the government shutdown during 2013.

Point of View: The Author of this song feels that the Government shutdown was a bad idea. He feels that this plays a role on the citizens and affects us badly. He mentions in the song "shut down the military too" sarcastically to say that shutting down the Government is not protecting us and you might as well let our nation fall all together.  

Politics and Power: This source ties into the theme by the constant political debate that was going on at that time, which was the government shutdown. Citizens as well as the government were looking at who was to blame and how this problem would be handled constitutionally.

Document G:

Source:Max Funke, August 18 2014

"ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - Celebrities (Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, C. Ronaldo, Oprah, The Rock..)"/Video/Culture/2014

Historical Context: 2014- This video was submitted around the time where more people were becoming aware of the ALS disease.

Purpose: The video(s) were made by people who wanted to raise awareness of the ALS disease and wanted to show their support. It also is to persuade others to support and donate for a good cause.

Culture: This source ties into the theme because it was a popular trend around America that affected all of society. Everyone wanted to show their support for the ALS disease and wanted to help. A historian could find this source useful in the future by looking back and seeing how America came together to make a difference.


Document H:

Source:Kevin Liptak, April 23 2015

"2015 Shaping Up to be Earth Year"/Film & Sound Recording & news journal/Culture/2015


Florida, a state with hundreds of miles of coastline and a smattering of barrier islands, is particularly vulnerable to negative effects of a changing climate, scientists have said. Extreme weather threatens coastal cities, and rising sea levels could taint fresh water supplies. Some towns have already witnessed salt water infiltrating drinking water wells.

That's put the state's Republican politicians -- some of whom deny that humans have anything to do with global warming -- on the line to explain their positions.

Two of those Republicans -- former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio -- are contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Bush, speaking in New Hampshire on Friday, conceded that "the climate is changing" but added "it's legitimate to question" some climate models.

Historical Context: 2015 - The heat is dramatically increasing over the years and this year we we expecting a very hot summer due to the effects of global warming.

Purpose: The author wants to knowledge individuals around the world about the ongoing debate of global warming and to be aware of what they can do to help.

Culture: This source ties into the theme culture because it involves the ongoing debate that is going around in the United states about global warming. It is a topic that affects all Americans and people around the whole world. A lot of people are now putting in their opinions on this topic.

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