Monthly Archives: October 2017

Cece Burger: Holocaust denialism

For this blog, I was tasked with studying Holocaust denialism and finding an example of this form of denial revisionism. I initially examined the Wikipedia explanation of Holocaust denial to gain an understanding of the basic premise and who some actors are who have made claims attributing to denial rhetoric. I immediately found a lot …

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Cece Burger: Going to the moon: The real history behind Hidden Figures

For this blog, I was tasked with looking at an alternative interpretation of the U.S. push to send men to the moon. I chose to explore the experience of African-American women, which was recently portrayed in the movie Hidden Figures. I looked at a story by Scientific American, which publishes articles with unique insights and …

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Delanie Tarvin: Walter A. McDougall and Sputnik’s Political Impact

  In the introduction to his book . . . the Heavens and the Earth, Walter A. McDougall discusses the political responses to Sputnik, focusing on the effect it had on the relationship between the government and new technology. McDougall claims that the launch of Sputnik created an intensified, if not totally, state-controlled technocracy in …

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Delanie Tarvin: Sputnik and the Dawn of the Space Age

For this week’s blog, I explored NASA’s description of Sputnik, reading its brief historical timeline titled “Sputnik and The Dawn of the Space Age”. This website describes the launch of Sputnik as causing developments in various fields like technology and science, starting the Space Age and the Space Race, and resulting in the creation of …

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Combating the Moon Myth

Jason Arquette Professor Hirsh Blog 11u October 18th, 2017 Doctor Roger Launius faithfully serves as Chief Historian for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and his career has been dedicated to the historical study of aerospace and the United States’ role in space exploration. In 2017 Dr. Launius posted an article onto his personal blog…

Helen Goggins: Kennedy in Space

Following the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik and astronaut Shepard, John F. Kennedy declared a united front of freedom, asserting American domination over their enemy. He delivered his address on May 25, 1961 to Congress, attempting to build support for legislation he was trying to enact. President Kennedy drew on American nationalism when he stated,…

Andrew Pregnall: We choose to go to the moon

For this Thursday’s class, I was responsible for reading/watching JFK’s 1962 “We choose to go to the moon” address at Rice University. Throughout the course of his speech, I noticed three interesting rhetorical techniques that I will explore throughout the course of this blog. At the outset of the speech, I was immediately struck by …

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“President Urgently Requests Congress to Back His Plans” – Dan Crosson

On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy delivered his famous “Moon Shot speech” to a joint session of Congress. The following day, the Los Angeles Times ran the story “President Urgently Requests Congress to Back His Plans” by Don Shannon. Shannon’s article immediately takes a serious tone, beginning with the title that explicitly labels the urgency …

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Юрий Гагарин

Когда мы оглядываемся назад на Советский Союз, мы часто вспоминаем о холодной войне и продолжительном напряжении между СССР и США. В то время как холодная война создавала предпосылки для второй половины 20 века, мы не должны игнорировать основные достижений нашей тогдашней соперничающей сверхдержавы. Космическая гонка была выходом для контрастных сверхдержав, чтобы доказать свою доблесть. В …

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