America’s involvement in Vietnam was the most controversial issue of the 1960s and 70s, and the war created the most vocal and varied opposition of any war in our country’s history. What were the reasons for this opposition? Why did so many Americans oppose the American involvement in Vietnam?
That’s your task for MONDAY (everyone – combined classes to end the year!)
You will receive a SPECIFIC protest topic that you will share with your fellow protesters in class on Monday. Take a look at the resources and jot down some of the reasons that the topic became controversial during the Vietnam conflict. Then, create something that you would use to help spread your views at an anti-war rally during the conflict. You can make a protest sign, a note a leaflet or pamphlet to hand out, a protest button or T-shirt – you name it!
You all know that the United States was involved in a major military conflict in Vietnam during the Cold War … but why? What was America’s “path to war”? Check out the video below and a few of the links if you have a chance. As you read and watch, make sure that you can summarize the basic ideas and events that led to American involvement in Vietnam.
Focus on the following terms – France, Ho Chi Minh, communism, Ngo Dinh Diem, military advisors, Gulf of Tonkin, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Rolling Thunder
Remember back in February, when you learned all about the fun world of editorial cartoons? Here’s another cool tidbit of info – cartoonists LOVED the Cold War, because they always had something to draw about if they had artist’s block! Let’s see what you can do with cartoons and the Cold War!
I can create an original and effective editorial cartoon using cartooning techniques.
Your task is to draw an ORIGINAL EDITORIAL CARTOON about ANY topic (specific or general) dealing with the Cold War.
Make sure you have an ISSUE as the subject of your cartoon. The reader should be able to identify the historical topic (without too much obvious info)
Utilize some of the TECHNIQUES you have seen in the past few months – symbolism, analogy, stereotype, exaggeration, caricature, references, sarcasm – but you can’t use them all
Have a clear and insightful comment (or thesis) – but not one that is too obvious
Pay attention to neatness and detail, and make it more than just a series of scratches on a piece of paper
Draw it on a full sheet of unlined printer paper, and hand it in WITH YOUR NAME ON THE BACK.
HINT – The easiest way to create a cartoon is to think of your comment (thesis) first, then apply one or two of the techniques. Take a look at your trading cards for a topic!
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How are those trading cards going? Ready to add some more? Use the links provided below (or ones that you find) to develop a decent description for each event or idea from the middle years of the Cold War. This information will help with context for our final major topic in the Cold War – the Vietnam War. Each entry should have an essential image and complete detailed information. Use the first entry as an example for detail – bulleted points are fine. Fun facts are optional.
After you are done, you should be able to discuss how each of the events led to greater tension between the two sides of the developing Cold War.
I can explain the major events and ideas of the Cold War and discuss their impact on domestic and international relations.
Now that you understand the big picture of the Cold War, it’s time to start to dig into the events and ideas that dominated American foreign-policy and, for the most part, America on the domestic front for almost 40 years.
Your first task is to ask your parents about their Cold War memories – it should make interesting dinner conversation!
Your assignment for our next class meeting is to examine the early years of the Cold War. Begin by readingAllies to Enemies: Origins of the Cold War from ABC CLIO (usmstudent, historyrules) to get a solid overview of the beginning of the conflict. Then, dig into the era by creating a series of online trading cards about the major events and ideas listed below. You can create these using this template – or you can go with Google docs as well. Split the topics up – don’t try to do them all in one sitting! For each, you should have a title, an essential image, and a brief description of the topic and its impact. You can use the Yalta Conference card as a guide.
It’s been over 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. outlined his dream to 250,000 Americans in Washington D.C. and millions more watching and listening at home. Has America become the land of equality that King spoke of in his famous speech – for all people? Are all Americans judged by the content of the character, and not by the color of their skin? What about gender? Any other areas that apply?
Over the weekend, your task is to take about 20-30 minutes and pre-load on a few topics …
Then (10-20 minutes), check out the resources HERE and start to THINK about what the statistics show in regards to the status of Americans today. Try to do comparison of various qualifiers of people – gender and race are obviously the top two. We will look at this information in large groups on Monday. These numbers are great conversation topics at home!