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The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37

The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37

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In which John Green teaches you about the Cold War, which was the decades long conflict between the USA and the USSR. The Cold War was called cold because of the lack of actual fighting, but this is inaccurate. There was plenty of fighting, from Korea to Viet Nam to Afghanistan, but we’ll get into that stuff next week. This week we’ll talk about how the Cold War started. In short it grew out of World War II. Basically, the Soviets occupied eastern Europe, and the US supported western Europe. This setup would spill across the world, with client states on both sides. It’s all in the video. You should just watch it.
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USA vs USSR Fight! The Cold War: Crash Course World History #39

In which John Green teaches you about the Cold War, which was occasionally hot, but on average, it was just cool. In the sense of its temperature. It was by no means cool, man. After World War II, there were basically two big geopolitical powers left to divide up the world. And divide they did. The United States and the Soviet Union divvied up Europe in the aftermath of the war, and then proceeded to spend the next 45 years fighting over the rest of the world. It was the great ideological struggle, with the US on the side of capitalism and profit, and the USSR pushing Communism, so-called. While both sides presented themselves as the good guy in this situation, the reality is that there are no good guys. Both parties to the Cold War engaged in forcible regime changes, built up vast nuclear arsenals, and basically got up to dirty tricks. If you had to pick a bad guy though, I would point out that the USSR had no intention of bringing Laika the Cosmonaut Dog home alive. That poor dog never had a shot.

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USA: CONGRESS RESPONSE TO CUBAN PLANE SHOOTING INCIDENT

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Some members of the U-S Congress have expressed dissatisfaction with the administration’s response to the downing of two civilian planes over Cuba.

Although they welcomed the series of punitive actions announced by President Clinton on Monday, they complained he did not send a strong enough warning to Fidel Castro.

They demanded the sanctions against Havana be expanded and some suggested the U-S conduct warplane exercises in international waters off Florida.

In the Florida primary elections in two weeks, many exiled Cubans will cast their vote, and the U-S/Cuban crisis is turned into another rhetoric battleground for the elections.

Representatives of the U-S Congress are moving toward a showdown with President Clinton over how to punish Cuba for shooting down two civilian airplanes on Saturday.

While some Congressmen recommended a go-slow approach, others demanded harsh action now.

SOUNDBITE:
“The death of these pilots is an unfortunate tragic incident that could have been, in my opinion, prevented. We need to find out exactly what happened and how much of the responsibility our own government bears for this incident.”
SUPER CAPTION: Congressman Jose Serrano (D-New York)

SOUNDBITE:
“I would recommend getting serious with the embargo and I would recommend that we remember that Fidel Castro is the problem, and if you don’t know that, you shouldn’t be dealing in Cuban foreign policy matters.”
SUPER CAPTION: Congressman Dan Miller (R-Florida)

Back in session for the first time since the incident, lawmakers Tuesday called for an international economic embargo against Cuba.

SOUNDBITE:
“Outside investment is nothing more than a lifeline to the Castro dictatorship, and the money that flows must be stopped. It will legitimise an illegitimate government, and it will postpone the day that the people of Cuba will live in freedom and democracy.”
SUPER CAPTION: Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island)

They added they felt there should be no delay in imposing the embargo.

SOUNDBITE:
“We have seen 36 years of this failed, repressive, horrible machine, this state oppressing the Cuban people. And how many more need to be killed, how many more need to be rounded up and thrown into jail before the international community wakes up and says ‘We understand that his is a slavery-type of existence for the people, and we want them to breathe free?'”
SUPER CAPTION: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida)

The politicians want the international community to recognise Castro for the criminal they say he really is.

SOUNDBITE:
“So the murder of these American citizens in international waters was premeditated, and there’s ample proof that not only was it ordered by the tyrant, by Castro, but rather with premeditation. He believes, obviously, Castro believes that he can act not only as he acts against the Cuban people, but he can murder American citizens in international waters with impunity. He’s convinced that he can do so. And the message to the Cuban people that Castro was sending is very clear: If I can murder American citizens in international waters with impunity, imagine what I can do to you.”
SUPER CAPTION: Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Florida)

Republicans also called on Clinton to sign a bill containing tough and legally questionable provisions penalising foreign countries that do business with Cuba.

The bill would also allow Cuban-Americans to sue foreign companies in U-S courts for buying property confiscated by Castro.

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Latin American Revolutions: Crash Course World History #31

In which John Green talks about the many revolutions of Latin America in the 19th century. At the beginning of the 1800s, Latin America was firmly under the control of Spain and Portugal. The revolutionary zeal that had recently created the United States and had taken off Louis XVI’s head in France arrived in South America, and a racially diverse group of people who felt more South American than European took over. John covers the soft revolution of Brazil, in which Prince Pedro boldly seized power from his father, but promised to give it back if King João ever returned to Brazil. He also covers the decidedly more violent revolutions in Mexico, Venezuela, and Argentina. Watch the video to see Simón Bolívar’s dream of a United South America crushed, even as he manages to liberate a bunch of countries and get two currencies and about a thousand schools and parks named after him.

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The 1960s in America: Crash Course US History #40

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In which John Green teaches you about a time of relative tumult in the United States, the 1960s. America was changing rapidly in the 1960s, and rights movements were at the forefront of those changes. Civil Rights were dominant, but the 60s also saw growth in the Women’s Movement, the LGBT rights movement, the Latino rights movement, and the American Indian movement. Also, Americans began to pay a bit more attention to the environment. All this change happened against the backdrop of the Cold War and the Rise of Conservatism. It was just wild. John will teach you about sit-ins, Freedom Rides, The March on Washington, MLK, JFK, LBJ, and NOW. Man, that is a lot of initialisms. And one acronym.

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American Imperialism: Crash Course US History #28

In which John Green teaches you about Imperialism. In the late 19th century, the great powers of Europe were running around the world obtaining colonial possessions, especially in Africa and Asia. The United States, which as a young country was especially suceptible to peer pressure, followed along and snapped up some colonies of its own. The US saw that Spain’s hold on its empire was weak, and like some kind of expansionist predator, it jumped into the Cuban War for Independence and turned it into the Spanish-Cuban-Phillipino-American War, which usually just gets called the Spanish-American War. John will tell you how America turned this war into colonial possessions like Puerto Rico, The Philippines, and almost even got to keep Cuba. The US was busy in the Pacific as well, wresting control of Hawaii from the Hawaiians. All this and more in a globe-trotting, oppressing episode of Crash Course US History.

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