Between World War One and World War Two: Preparing for World War Again
WWI was supposed to be "The war to end all wars" due to its brutality. We explore why war reengages again and other transitions concurring with countries in the world as a result of the Great Depression. Some historians argue that WWI and WWII are the same war with an intermission of 20 years in between. Central Question for the Unit: How can one war encourage the next one?
Course Lecture PowerPoint Slides and Other Materials
Course Lecture Video Recordings
Music Video Overview of the Unit (2:30 minutes) Music: "Between the Wars" performed by Billy Bragg. The lyrics focus on average Americans as they work to survive the Great Depression and hope there will be no more wars for young men.
Required Readings and Media
Supplemental Learning Materials (Not required for major exams)
We Hold These Truths: Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Approval of the U.S. Bill of Rights (Audio) This radio program had been planned for months and then was aired on all U.S. radio networks one week after the Pearl Harbor attack. Note the numerous Hollywood Actors including Jimmy Stewart who joined the military much earlier in 1941.
Make Mine Freedom: Avoid Seduction of Socialism (Animated Cartoon Video) During the Great Depression, in the U.S. many people were desperate for relief, even voting in large numbers for Socialist candidates. This propaganda cartoon sought to alert the negative consequences of such a change.