And now we’ve made it through the 1940’s

Sure, it’s been a while since we posted about our jaunt through the 1930’s. That’s because we spent a long time focussing on the 1940’s. Between World War II and the Holocaust, it was arguably one of the most impactful decades in global history. So, how did we learn about it?

1. We held a lecture on the causes of World War II.

2. We watched two major movies about events that took place during World War II. The first, Flags of Our Fathers, demonstrated the sheer brutality of war:

While the second, Schindler’s List, depicted the horrific events of the Holocaust.

3. We looked at examples of propaganda from the war. Then we made a bit of propaganda of our own about Brazil (students, feel free to send in your favorite drawings!).

4. We staged a debate in which we pretended that we worked for President Truman and needed to advise him about whether or not he should use the atomic bomb. For this exercise, students read text from real historical documents, then referenced it in their arguments. It was pretty impressive!

Thanks to everyone for their hard work!

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