Generation Entitled

Thesis: Although major horrific events occurred since before 1997, economically, politically and culturally america has overtook many milestones and achievements that contribute to the change for american life for the better and the continuity that has stayed with america from generation to generation.

Document 1


First South Park Commercial before series premiere, 1997 [Motion picture]. (1997). United States: Comedy Central Productions.

Culture (CUL-7)

Comedy television made a significant breakthrough in 1997 with hit series that still air today. Shows like King of the Hill, the Simpsons and South Park changed the audience of cartoon viewers. The shows targeted young adults who seek comedy in a profound way.

The premiere of South Park relates to the theme because the show impacted the future of comedy in television and societies perspective on cartoons. Historians could find this source significant because it is one of the first adult cartoon television shows which may influence future shows to go in the direction of comedy as they have, also it could be compared to the evolution of adult cartoons in the future.

Document 2


9/11 Timeline In Pictures. (n.d.). Retrieved June 6, 2015, from

America in the World (WOR-8)

The conflict between islamic terrorists lead to the 9/11 plane crashes. Osama Bin Laden motivated and instructed attacks on america and influenced the 9/11 attack. The intended audience was the federal government of the united states as a warning.

The 9/11 attack relates to america in the world because it improved the airline security and invented homeland security to keep the united states safe so that an attack like the one on 9/11 would not happen again. Historians would find this source significant because it shows a very large terroristic attack that influenced great improvements to security.

Document 3


"No Child Left Behind Act

The No Child Left Behind Act authorizes several federal education programs that are administered by the states. The law is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Under the 2002 law, states are required to test students in reading and math in grades 3–8 and once in high school. All students are expected to meet or exceed state standards in reading and math by 2014.

The major focus of No Child Left Behind is to close student achievement gaps by providing all children with a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. The U.S. Department of Education emphasizes four pillars within the bill:

  • Accountability: to ensure those students who are disadvantaged, achieve academic proficiency.
  • Flexibility: Allows school districts flexibility in how they use federal education funds to improve student achievement.
  • Research-based education: Emphasizes educational programs and practices that have been proven effective through scientific research.
  • Parent options: Increases the choices available to the parents of students attending Title I schools.

NCLB requires each state to establish state academic standards and a state testing system that meet federal requirements. This accountability requirement is calledAdequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Washington received final approval of its state accountability plan from the U.S. Department of Education on August 6, 2008.

In its current iteration, NCLB formally expired on Sept. 30, 2007. The next reauthorization is expected in 2011."

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. (n.d). Retrieved June 6, 2015, from

Politics & Power (POL-7)

The no child left behind act was to increase the use of standardized testing to measure children's progress and learning for that year. The test scores determined the amount of money received to the school and the teachers effect of the students. This was used to increase the drive for teachers to teach students to the best of their ability and succeed in school.

The no child left behind act reflects to politics and power because the federal government set new regulations to the united states education systems in order to achieve higher test scores. Historians would find this significant because it shows the evolution of education and could be used in the future to reflect on and improve the educational system in the united states.

Document 4


American Rhetoric: Barack Obama - First Presidential Inaugural Address. (n.d.). Retrieved June 8, 2015, from

Politics & Power (POL-7)

America in 2008 was in an economic downfall known as the great recession, so the motive of the election was to pick a president that they could rust to improve the united states. The intended audience of the speech was to everyone in the united states in person and online.

This speech represents politics and power because a new president was elected therefore his views and beliefs became decisions which changed/added laws. Historians may find this recording significant because it was the first inaugural speech by the first african american presidnt. This was a big step in united states history and can be used to compare the civil rights and racism in the united states future.

Document 5


"Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.  No Americans were harmed.  They took care to avoid civilian casualties.  After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies.  The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort.  There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us.  We must –- and we will -- remain vigilant at home and abroad."

Phillips, Macon. "Osama Bin Laden Dead." The White House. The White House, 02 May 2011. Web. 08 June 2015.

America in the World (WOR-8)

After 911 america became more secure against terroristic attacks, but the search for the man held responsible for conducting the attack on the united states on september 11th 2001 was ongoing because of the want to feel secure and safe. When found the killing was used as a defense mechanism to show the united states retaliation techniques for such actions. The purpose of this speech was to inform the united states citizens of the military actions/achievement made but let them know that the conflict between the terroristic activity is not gone.

This speech relates the the theme america in the world because it gives an example of military actions toward terroristic threats and it involves america interacting and affecting another country. Historians would find this source significant because they can learn about the past actions of the united states and figure out how to critique them for the better, also they can compare the techniques of defense to past and present encounters and see if they are changing or they stay the same.

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"A paper in this week’s Celldescribes how a team in Oregon finally achieved what many scientists have expected–and many others have dreaded: they derived embryonic stem cells from human embryos that they created in the lab themselves."

Viable Human Embryonic Stem Cells Created By Cloning. (n.d.). Retrieved June 3, 2015, from

Work, Exchange, and Technology (WXT-3 & 8)

Technology is something that has been improving throughout the twenty first century and stem cell research has taken off because of the many potential benefits it can give. The purpose of the magazine article is to inform its readers (mostly adult men) about breakthrough research.

The article on stem cell research relates to the theme because it is about advanced technology that can potentially influence repairs of defects from birth and disabilities. Future historians may find this article significant because it shows the beginning process of stem cell research and could potentially be used to fix errors made in the past about the process.

Document 7


Traci Watson, Special for USA TODAY, & Stanglin, D. (2015, March 6). NASA 'exhilarated' as Dawn orbits mini-planet Ceres. Retrieved June 6, 2015, from

Work Exchange & Technology (WXT-3&8)

In 2013 nasa had plans to start multiple exploration programs, sending more flights and missions to allow more people into space. By doing so they achieved there 7 year project of having a probe orbit around a dwarf planet. The purpose was to inform the united states about the milestones nasa is making.

The first probe to orbit a dwarf planet relates to the theme because it shows the improvement of space technology and innovation. Historians would find this source significant because it can be used to improve future explorations by researching the process taken and how to use it and innovate it to achieve more.

Document 8


"Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Campaign for President." VOA. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 June 2015.

Culture (CUL-7)

Since the first african american president Barack Obama was elected people thought of the next first in the white house, a woman. Because equal rights have made it this far, Hillary Clinton was the next person to take a big step and run for president. This announcement was to the united states citizens to inform them of her presidential candidacy.

This announcement relates to the theme because american politics now is allowing and potentially electing a woman to become president. This may be a significant source for a historian in the future because it is the first time a woman has ran for president and it can be compared to woman's rights times and to even the future if women presidents become common or why they didn't become common.

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