Korean War (1950-53):
Source examination and discussion:
The Vietnam War:
View President Johnson speaking before Congress about Vietnam in 1967 (0:42-4:14):
Discuss as a class:
Opening activity: "Godless Communism"
Who was responsible? Document analysis:
The Iron Curtain Speech
Soviet Ambassador Telegram
Henry Wallace Letter
Who was responsible? Wrap-up discussion:
Take about 10-15 minutes to reflect on a news item that you learned about last night for homework. You might approach your reflection in a number of ways, but do consider approaching it through the frame of the questions below:
The StoryCorps trailer in Seattle. Source: KUOW.
StoryCorps stations activities
Reflections on oral history
Context: Pacific Theater at end of World War II
Key Question: Was President Truman justified in his decision to use nuclear weapons against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945?
Examine Atomic Bombs: Multiple Perspectives (Google Doc). For each item, identify:
By show of hands, split the class into three groups:
With the time that remains, we will conduct a student-led discussion based on these materials. With five minutes remaining, we will ask the facilitator to recap what we have learned, with an opportunity for others to aid the debrief.
WWII homefront overview
Japanese internment: timeline
Examine the timeline (PDF) and review the major events.
Japanese internment: U.S. government position
Watch the following film on the newsreel footage produced by the U.S. Office of War Information sometime in the middle of 1942. The goal of the film is to explain the reasons and strategies for interning Japanese Americans.
Japanese internment: Korematsu v. United States
Read selections of the majority opinion in the Korematsu v. United States ruling on pages 121-23 of the Course Reader.
Finally, read selections from Justice Black’s dissent on page 125-26 of the Course Reader.