Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 - 3)
Chapters 1 - 3
Before the war, Americans were optimistic and hopeful. The relatively small American military was lightly armed with obsolescent equipment and was not prepared for serious war-time conditions. Despite this, most Americans believed that they would win any war quickly after a short string of victories. This lesson is about American optimism before the war. Students should understand the prevailing attitudes in America about its military, and understand how these overestimations would later cause problems for the nation.
1) Class Discussion: What was the state of the American military before the war began? What was their equipment like? How did the American military plan to fight a war? What was the mood and spirit of the army like? What did the public believe about the American military?
2) Small Group Assignment: Discuss with a group some of the problems that the American military had before they...
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