Do we or don’t we live in astonishing times? Our grandparents can talk of world wars and air raids and rationing, of course, but who has heard any of our living ancients mentioning a plague? _
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I often wonder how history books will see it, especially of a population gagged on buses and trains, and seemingly soon in supermarkets, too.
And it's not just an English or French plague, but a world-wide job, which already has sent more than 200,000 people heavenwards, and that’s just so far …
Author James West Davidson has been pondering the question, too, and offers some very interesting points which are well worth reading on The Atlantic.com.He sees now as a major turning point in history, one that will be studied for years to come.
|Only twice before in American history, had a president been impeached, and none had ever been convicted ...|
The US view
His view of history in the making is set mainly on events across The Pond.
‘Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller won convictions of several of the president’s associates for witness tampering, lying to Congress and the FBI, and bank fraud,’ he writes.
‘Donald Trump’s controversial phone call with the president of Ukraine led the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives to impeach him, though the Republican-controlled Senate failed to convict.
‘Only twice before in American history, had a president been impeached, and none had ever been convicted,’ the historian reveals.
Threat to its very existence
In the first half of 2020, within the space of a few months, the nation found itself drawn into two crises whose underlying causes threatened its health, wealth, and perhaps its very existence as a democratic republic.
Ruthless Covid-19 hit older people and those with health problems. People found themselves fighting for life as their lungs filled with fluids.
‘Thousands of cars lined up at drive-through food banks. By the end of May, about a fifth of the nation’s workers was either unemployed or working part-time.
‘The pandemic had produced the worst downturn since the Great Depression.’
On Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of the summer season in the US, the killing of George Floyd shook the nation.
‘He was a 46-year-old Black man, a six-foot seven-inch gentle giant.' He was killed by a police officer after being arrested, handcuffed, and pulled to the ground, where the officer pressed a knee onto his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Protests spread across the US, and soon many parts of the world.
It’s been quite a year for historians, and for all of us … and here's encouragement: we’re still only in July.
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