America started very small. We were the rebelious little country of Great Britain who broke out and formed the thirteen colonies. In our strive for independence we fought war after war, expanded and found intellectuals who brought us our constitution. This history has made us united, but being united was not always the case. Trojan News interviewed Christopher Barnes, history teacher, on his thoughts of the defining moments in American history. ”Every generation has its defining moments. Pearl Harbor and Kennedy have, in my opinion, united us as a country. But I feel at this time we are divided”.
Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, famously said: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”. The irony of heartbreaking wars and terror attacks is that they are meant to divide us as a country, but American people know that those defining moments in history have only united us. In regards to 9/11, the quote from Friedrich Nietzsche rings true. All the death and heartbreak 9/11 caused made America stronger in the end. Even when it feels like America has been divided we still have history to remind us that it is possible to be united, making us, the one, and only, United States of America.
Trojan News Staff