WWII Dr. Seuss cartoon

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Dr. Seuss was a true American treasure. As teachers we are very lucky that most students are familiar with his work, because it gives them a higher level of comfort when examining his political cartoons.

We have included this cartoon which is a commentary on segregation in war industries at the beginning of the war.

Here are questions and answers ready for your classroom use.

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WWII color photographs


Many of us are familiar with images of WWII in black and white.

LIFE magazine photographer Frank Scherschel was in Western Europe before, during and after the invasion in Normandy. The shots he took have now been restored in color and offer a glimpse into life during this critical period in world history.

We have compiled these images for your use in a PDF document.

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Causes of World War II

Major Causes Of WWII

This graphic from our World History World War II PowerPoint breaks down the major causes of the conflict. For a printable version click here.

We suggest using this as a starting point for researching each cause in greater detail either as a group or individual activity. Groups could present to the class as a whole and individuals could create a PowerPoint, news article, or other creative product describing the major causes of WWII.

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Appeasement cartoon by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss was an American treasure for all of his amazing contributions throughout his prolific life.

His political cartoons during WWII provide a wonderful opportunity for students to analyze obvious images in order to decipher the messages.

We have included a copy of this cartoon along with questions and answers.

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Peace Corps

President Kennedy created the Peace Corps with Executive Order 10924 in March 1961.

We have included a copy of the Order along with questions and answers.

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Cold War cartoon on Iron Curtain

The Cold War is rich with symbols that help students truly understand the conflict. This cartoon is no exception.

Published in 1947 in the wake of Soviet involvement in Greece and Turkey, Jay “Ding” Darling captures the feelings of the hopelessness ahead in resolving issues with communist Russia.

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Guest Post: Royal Weddings in Popular Culture

Kings and queens, princes and princesses, counts and countesses – royalty has been a part of our world for thousands of years, and their lives are often intriguing to us all.

Even before we had global media, royal weddings and the lives of married members of royal families were always extremely popular. Although word didn’t travel quickly, a famous prince wedding a princess was huge news for people in the respective country of the royals in question and well beyond. After all, we’re speaking about future kings and queens and possible changes in religious laws, territorial disputes, wars, et cetera.

With today’s technology and the age of instant and constant media, our fascination with royalty has only increased in no small part due to the global coverage royal weddings receive.

Looking at royal weddings and their role in popular culture is important in a social studies or history class because it shines a different light on royalty in general. Instead of viewing kings as iron-fisted rulers and lawmakers, and instead of viewing queens and princesses as merely important women in the backdrop of history, studying weddings actually humanizes royalty and allows individuals to relate with royals.

The interest created beyond bland historical timeline facts also makes learning history an entertaining proposition.

Asking your class questions about royal weddings is a great way to spark interest and segue into conversation and debate about the role of women in royal culture and how marriage as a concept has changed from culture to culture and from class to class.

Q: Where and when were Princes Charles of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer married?

A: July 29, 1981 in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England.

Q: What political advantage was sought with the marriage of Marie Antoinette and future King Louis XVI of France in 1770?

A: The marriage was to be a show of unity, which would hopefully cement the alliance between Austria and France. However, the French public was against the highhanded rule and the sham marriage and the couple’s reign ultimately resulted in the French Revolution.

Q: Who was Shah Jahan of India’s third wife and what monument was built as a result of her death?

A: Jahan married Arjumand Banu Begum (Mumtaz Mahal) on May 10, 1612, in Agra, Rajasthan, India. Shah Jahan undoubtedly loved Begum deeply, and after her untimely death he spent over 20 year erecting the Taj Mahal in her honor.

Q: As the last tsar and tsarina of Russia, when and where were Tsar Nicholas II and Princess Alix of Hesse married?

A: November 26, 1894, at the Grand Church of the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg.

Q: What fate did Queen Min suffer after marrying Korea’s King Gojong in 1866?

A: Empress Myeongseong, affectionately known as Queen Min, was killed by Japanese assassins during a period of extreme political unrest in 1895.

Q: How many wives did King Henry VIII of England have, what were their names, and what fates did they meet individually?

A: Catherine of Aragon: divorced in 1533 and died three years later. Anne Boleyn: executed in 1536. Jane Seymour: died shortly after childbirth in 1537. Anne of Cleves: divorced in 1540 after only five months of marriage. Kathryn Howard: executed in 1542. Katherine Parr: widowed in 1547 when King Henry died.

This guest lesson plan was brought to you by Simon S. Simon is a freelancer editor who works with a very popular dating sites directory. He can usually be found in his local coffee shop sipping on an espresso whilst busily typing away on his laptop.

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WWII ends in Europe with Germany’s surrender

It is mind boggling that years of fighting, massive destruction, and millions of deaths were ended by a simple 5 paragraph document.

We have included a copy of the transcript as well as questions and answers.

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Israeli Declaration of Independence, 1948

After WWII ended, the new nation of Israel was announced by their Declaration of Independence.

They hoped for UN recognition and peace with surrounding nations.

We have included a copy of the Declaration as well as questions and answers.

This might be an interesting comparison with other historical declarations.

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Hydrogen bomb in color

This very short but narrated video clip shows the amazing destructive power of the h-bomb.

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