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The Rape of Nanking

Rape of Nanking: 1937-1938  300,000 Deaths

“In December of 1937, the Japanese Imperial Army marched into China’s capital city of Nanking and proceeded to murder 300,000 out of 600,000 civilians and soldiers in the city. The six weeks of carnage would become known as the Rape of Nanking and represented the single worst atrocity during the World War II era in either the European or Pacific theaters of war.”

Many of you expressed interest in learning more about the “Rape of Nanking.

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QOTD #6 WWII: Isolationism

QOTD #6: In hindsight we agree that fighting the Germans was the correct thing to do, in the moment much of the country was against it. FDR had to lie to the American people to convince us to go to war. What does FDR pushing America into war without asking permission of the American public demonstrate about the government and its interactions with the people?  How do you think this would work today?

In other words, if the government thinks that entering a war is the just thing to do, but the American public does not want to go to war, should the government ignore public opinion?

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World War II Propaganda: The Ducktators (1942)

World War II Propaganda in the US (1942):

The Ducktators is a 1942 Wartime Cartoon released by Warner Brothers and directed by Norm McCabe. It is a satirical allegory forWorld War II depicting Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Hirohito (or Hideki Tojo) as ducks and geese who take over a farm, while a peace dove all lets it happen. The short ends with a propaganda message to buy more war bonds and join the army.

As you watch, consider: what was the message of this piece of propaganda? What does propaganda like this tell us about American sentiment at the time?