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One Nation Indivisible?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Throughout the Antebellum Era (1789-1861), numerous events took place which led to struggles between advocates of nationalism and advocates of sectionalism. In most cases these are events are complex issues which can only be properly understood in the context of the antebellum milieu. The events that you will identify, describe and analyze are multifaceted issues and, as such, you are challenged to appreciate the validity of the arguments on many sides of these issues. Your task, in short, is to identify, describe and analyze each issue:

  • Summarize the issue: identify and describe the basic facts (who, what, when, where and why)
  • Analyze the issue: carefully explain how this event contributed to nationalism, sectionalism or both.

You are encouraged to use your textbook (this assignment has been tailored to dovetail with your text) but you may opt to use the internet instead. Feel free to use both. You may type or handwrite, though I strongly encourage typing.

You are expected to put a lot of time into this assignment. High quality work is expected and you will be graded accordingly. Make a plan of attack and follow it.

A Story of Ap Bac

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

These are the words that the 93rd Helicopter Company wrote in January ’63 after The Battle of Ap Bac. They were sung to the tune of “On Top Of Ol’ Smokey”.

George Orwell: You and the Atomic Bomb

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

This George Orwell piece was originally published by the Tribune on October 19, 1945 within two months after atomic bombs were dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan by the only country ever to have used them to kill people and destroy cities, viz., the U.S.A. Orwell had written enough about the same (re: A. Bomb) but this particular piece was exceptional for the insights it shared about the world dispensation that lay ahead in the age of atomic weaponry. In addition, it was clear that the groundwork for his novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four had been completed by this writing.

The Melian Dialogue

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Here is Chapter 17 of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War. This excerpt cuts to the core of the questions surrounding the Athenian Empire. Clearly, the Athenians are demanding the submission of the Melians. It seems simple: surrender and offer tribute to Athens, or prepare to fight.

Dr. Seuss: The Butter Battle Book

Sunday, September 18th, 2011
Dr. Seuss – The Butter Battle Book – Part 1 of 2

Crazy Bet, the Scourge of Civil War Richmond

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

In the second episode of our monthly audio series “Civil War Stories,” radio producer Nate DiMeo tells the story of Richmond resident Elizabeth Van Lew, better known as Crazy Bet. Her odd behavior (freeing her family’s slaves, visiting Yankee POWs in prison) made tongues wag in the Confederate capital. But Richmond society couldn’t begin to guess what was really going on:

Cold War International History Project

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

The Woodrow Wilson School offers this tremendous resource

NSA Archives on the Cuban Missile Crisis

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the NSA published this

Thomas Powers, “Who Won the Cold War?”

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Excerpt from From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War by Robert M. Gates. Simon and Schuster, 604 pp.

The Soviet Union and the Atlantic Pact

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

FOREIGN SERVICE DISPATCH 116, of September 8, 1952
SUBJECT: The Soviet Union and the Atlantic Pact