Americans Do It First What did Americans contribute to society? How well have we helped out the world with our inventions?

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February 16, 2007Whether it’s inventing, discovering, or improving, Americans and Englishmen have made significant contributions to the world’s many modern advances. Mark Twain once said, “An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven’t been done before”(Michael, par 1). Twain’s words turned out to be extremely accurate. Throughout history, Americans have been the source of a multitude of innovative discoveries and inventions, while Englishmen have primarily put their energy into improving and embellishing things that have already been developed.

One way that Americans have significantly influenced the world is by successfully advancing the field of space exploration. The Apollo Eleven space flight to the moon connected all of humanity to the mysteries of outer space. The American lunar expedition was viewed by the world’s largest television audience of its time (Neil, par 10). When Neil Armstrong placed his foot on the surface of the moon, it was obvious that Americans had just taken “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” (Neil, par 1).

Industrial exploration is another area in which Americans have pioneered new inventions. One of the greatest American inventors of all time was Thomas Alva Edison. Thomas Edison invented such useful items as the phonograph and the electric light bulb, which revolutionized the lifestyles of countries all over the world. Creating over 1000 inventions, Edison changed the way people lived forever and earned his place in American history (Thomas, par 1). He is an excellent example of an American that aspired to do things that no man had ever done before.

It is impossible for a person to talk about American innovations without including Orville and Wilbur Wright. The Wright Brothers conducted numerous experiments and tests...