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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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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?

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The “one” thing you should know about WWI…

The “one” thing you should know about WWI is that it brought us into the modern era. Watch the following 4 minute clip and identify evidence that supports the statement that: WWI brought the United States into the modern era.

*Attached is an article that addresses the question: Why were soldiers called “doughboys”?


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CBS News: “The Tet Offensive” 1968


January 30, 1968 was the start of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year and typically a lull in fighting (a 2 day truce was called). Within hours 70,000 communist soldiers had attacked countless villages, 100 cities, 12 U.S. military bases, and the U.S. Embassy. The assault lasted over a month and ended with 40,000 communist soldiers dead and 2,000 American deaths. Even with considerable casualties for Vietcong – they were more determined than ever to continue fighting. The Tet Offensive would be a turning point in the Vietnam War.


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Jackie Robinson: Watch the film April 11 and 12 at 9 p.m., E.T. on PBS.

JACKIE ROBINSON (watch trailer), a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, examines the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who lifted an entire race, and nation, on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line in 1947. Watch the film April 11 and 12 at 9 p.m., E.T. on PBS.

Jackie Robinson

Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he was a widely-read newspaper columnist, divisive political activist and tireless advocate for civil rights, who later struggled to remain relevant as diabetes crippled his body and a new generation of leaders set a more militant course for the civil rights movement.

JACKIE ROBINSON, a two-part, four-hour film directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon tells the story of an American icon whose life-long battle for first class citizenship for all African Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements. “Jackie Robinson,” Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “was a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides.”


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