As an American historian, I am aware of the patterns of social change that have occurred in the past. Since the 1900s, there have been several shifts in American society where the old ways were replaced by newer thoughts, theories, or norms. Some of these things were great strides in improving the nation while others have not had the expected or promised outcome. Right now, our nation is in the middle of such a transition. Some people point to the inauguration of President Barack H. Obama as the start of this transition, but in all fairness, the shift began long before he was nominated as the Democratic presidential nominee for the 2008 election.