Unit VI Article Review
Locate and review an article related to the topic you selected for your Unit VII Project. The article you select must be at least one page long and no more than 20 years old. Write a summary of the article. Include the purpose for the article, how research was conducted (if any), the results, and other pertinent information. Discuss the meaning or implications of the article’s contents as well as any flaws you find in the article. Be sure to address the following in your article review:
- How does the article relate to your Unit VII Project?
- What could have made the article better?
- Was any information left out?
- How could the author expand on the results?
Within your article review, please make sure you connect the following concepts to the article review:
Examine the innovations and technological advances directly related to the U.S. military.
Evaluate differences in the U.S. military during times of peace and war.
Assess the importance of the U.S. military in the settlement of the West.
American Military History-HY 2000
The American civil war is one of the events that completely changed the American history forever. The war took place between 1861 and 1865 and it is remembered as one of the wars that resulted in heavy casualties regarding materials and manpower in the form of soldiers. The war was between the northern states widely known as the Union, and the southern states are widely known as the Confederate States of America. Despite the fact that the Union won the war, they experienced as heavy casualties as the Confederate States (Allison, 2016). The main reason as to why the union won the war is the fact that they used the extra manpower they had in the form of black community or the slaves to fight in the war. On the other hand, they southerners saw the Blackman as less a man and they did not use them until the later stages of the war, but this was no to any effect. Despite the Union winning the war, they failed in reconstruction and thus it is widely believed that the Southern won the reconstruction, and that is the main reason as to why the black community was mistreated many years after the war.
Social ideologies which are widely known as political ideologies comprises a certain ethical set of ideals, principles, and doctrines and in most cases, they influence action and activities of political movements. If not well checked they can lead to conflicts and wars as in the case of the civil war where there were uncompromising differences between the Free states and slave states over the power of national government and slavery in their territories. Moreover, the ideological difference between the union and the confederate states gifted a win to the union. The Union army fought hand in hand with the blacks while the Confederate army despised the black fighters and this gave the union the number advantage and eventually won the war.
Over the years, the United States military has witnessed great innovations and military technology advancement. From fighting with rifles to the use of machine guns, use of tanks, tactical air support and the use of sanitary napkins. Before the civil war and World War 1, the widely used automatic rapid –fire weapon was the Gatling gun. However, with time, the military has been armed with a heavy-caliber machine gun which is more reliable. Moreover, tactical air support is the most recognizable military advancement in the military world today. From the time the Wright brothers flew the Kitty Hawk, the military has not looked back with new fighting jets in used today such as F15s and F16s (Coffman, 2014). With more and more military knowledge, there was the development of war land ships widely known as tanks which are effective in demolishing the enemy’s territory while at the same time ensuring minimal casualties to the military.
In times of war, the United States military is purely focused on winning the war no matter the cost. However, during times of peace, the military participates in various economic developments such as the distribution of relief foods and goods to the needy and building of bridges. Moreover, without war, the military participate in various activities that help them integrate with the common citizen such as participate in national celebration and games. However, during the war, they are entirely in the jungle and other military headquarters to help protect the country from external attacks.
Allison, W. T. (2016). American Military History. . Routledge.
Coffman, E. M. (2014). The War to End All Wars: The American Military Experience in World War I. University Press of Kentucky.