1.How did this rise of military dictatorships lead to increased tensions and, ultimately, World War II? Should the United States have done more to prevent the dictators from gaining power? Why or Why not?
j: How did the unresolved issues from WWI, debts, and reparations affect European nations after WWI? How did the following military leaders rise to power: Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler?
2.Write a first person account of the attack on Pearl Harbor. You can assume the identity of a sailor stationed there or an ordinary American who has learned of the attack. Include an account of the day's events and how you feel about the likelihood that America will no longer stay out of the fighting. Include the impact this event has on you, your family, community, and the nation. Are you hopeful or feeling dread?
J: Compare and contrast the United States' policy during the early years of World War I with its stance during the early years of World War II. Provide supporting evidence in your discussion of similarities and differences.
3.In this lesson from the Library of Congress, you will do a close reading of General Eisenhower's public statement on D-Day and his private "in Case of Failure" message.
Click here to do a close reading of the two documents. Using both documents, answer the following questions:
- How does Eisenhower describe the invasion?
- How does Eisenhower describe the troops?
- How does Eisenhower describe the enemy?
- How does Eisenhower describe his role in the invasion?
Based on your analysis, what are the major similarities and differences between these two different documents. Focus on aspects such as style, tone, audience, message, etc.
Lesson, including the prompts, from the Library of Congress.
J:The image below was a motivation poster by J.Howard Miller, an artist employed by Westinghouse. It later became associated with feminism starting in the 1980s. Why do you think this image captured the attention of Americans both during the war and well after it? What is the artist's (and company's) message? How does it reflect the social changes ushered in by women's role in the war effort?
4.A popular tune in the "Jump Blues" genre was "The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" performed by the Andrews Sisters. Click here to access the lyrics of this iconic song. In your post, summarize the story that the song tells and provide an explanation for the popularity of the tune.
J:Why were the war-time conferences so important in the execution of both the war and the post-war period for the Allies? Cite evidence from your reading and/or the lesson videos.
5J: Explain why the US decided to use nuclear weapons on Japan and how the specific sites chosen. Did the United States make the right choice in deciding to use nuclear weapons? Use at least two pieces of evidence to support your argument. Also, be sure to raise at least one counterclaim and offer an evidence-based rebuttal.
6.J-Was the "Cold War" unavoidable? Explain your response.