The Boas & Braman Experience


February 2017

Our Internal Assessment [IA]

For Wednesday, March 1st, you should bring the following.  This should be typed on one piece of paper:

  • An overview of the three topics you are considering
  • At least one source per topic
  • A total of three secondary sources and 3 primary sources
    • You should print out or cut/paste a sample of each source
    • You must have the citation information for each source

The Cold War unit

Our Cold War unit will encompass three main steps:

Readings from Tindall and Shi and handouts:

  • 1185-1197 A New Age (notes were stamped on 2/28/17)
  • 1211-1220 The Cold War (assigned 3/2; read this for Friday, March 3rd)
  • 1227-1236 The Cold War heats up (read his for 3/7)
  • 1269-1273 Ike’s “Hidden-Hand” (read this for 3/8)
  • 1274-1290 Foreign intervention (read this for 3/9)

A presentation on one event from the cold war (Details to follow)

A timeline that incorporates both text and presentation events (and their significance).  Expectations will be similar to our WWII Foreign Policy Timeline.


Just to clarify…

As I have mentioned several times during the unit, you should bring any and all assigned work (including notes from assigned reading) to the test tomorrow.  Your test – as mentioned previously – will include two parts: a Multiple Choice portion and a written portion.

After the final exam, we discussed strategies for writing effective essay responses.  Today in class, we discussed strategies for studying and test-taking for the multiple choice portion of the test as well as for the short-answer questions on the test.  Those will comprise a significant portion of the total points for the test.  The other part of the written response will require that you craft a response to a question.

As mentioned previously, the best way to prepare is to study your notes from the readings (if you took notes), rather than working from any sort of content list.

Don’t forget to bring your timeline – it will be collected Thursday just before the test.

Discussion questions for Monday

Today, we considered several questions including:  Examine the social impact of WWII on people of Japanese ancestry living in the United States.

Here’s a simple review of material with a local spin – Lori Matsukawa from King 5 in Seattle will be asking locals about their experiences. And reviewing the federal government’s actions.  She asks the question: Could this happen again?  Tune in tonight at 6:30.  Here’s the 2 minute review.  And here are links to photos of the era.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Niihau incident that Kevin mentioned in class, you might want to view this PBS documentary about an artifact from the event (you can watch the whole episode, or start at around 5:00, see the review of the event at 8:30, and then, importantly, skip to the reflection portion of the video that starts at 17:05).  Here’s a Navy report of the incident.  Although this did happen immediately after the attack on Pearl, there is no conclusive evidence that this event influenced the President’s Executive Order 9066, despite what Wikipedia says.

Here is more on the so-called Battle of Los Angeles.  Photos from the LA Times stoked fear among those on the west coast of the U.S.

Reading Schedule through Break

Good News: You had two snow days

Bad News: That is two days fewer to learn the material for your test on 2/16

Your test will be Thursday, 2/16.  It will involve two parts – a multiple-choice test (roughly 60 questions) and a section that involves writing.   The content for the test will involve the assigned readings and in-class material.  It will also include a brief section on President Trump’s Travel Ban.  You should consider All Sides of the issue.  Pun intended.  See the links below for starting places regarding the connections to current events.

Read and take notes on these sections.  Bring your notes to class each day.  I reserve the right to allow you to use your notes on the unit test. Do not assume I will do so, just bring your notes in case.

Section 4.4:

  • 222-224 Japanese and Japanese-Americans (225 map) (Due 2/9)
  • 225-229 Japanese Canadians and Japanese Latin Americans (Due 2/9)

Section 4.5:

  • 230-233 Use of the atomic bomb (Due 2/10)

Section 4.3:

  • 212-219 Minorities (Due 2/14)
  • 219-221 Women; Conscription (Due 2/15)

Here are some recommended and relevant selections from Tindall and Shi.  You do not have to read the sections, but they may be of assistance.  I would prioritize the recommended portions over the relevant selections.  The main value of the relevant selections is as a comparison of perspectives with the notes you have taken from the Oxford publication for the IB Programme. The recommended pages amount to roughly 7 pages of text.

All pages are Tindall and Shi:

  • 999-1000 Women and Minorities in WWI (for comparison with WWII wartime effects)
  • 1010-1011 Wilson’s 14 points
  • 1132-1134 Japanese Advancements (1 total page of reading)
  • 1134-1135 Mood in America
  • 1138-1140 Growing US/Japanese tensions (start at bottom paragraph; 2 total pg.)
  • 1144-1147 Arsenal of Democracy
  • 1147-1149 Japanese Aggression (1.5 pg)
  • 1163-1168 Social Effects of War (virtually identical content as Section 4.3 above)
  • 1176            Tehran Conference (2 paragraphs)
  • 1187-1190 Yalta Conference and Legacy of Yalta (2.25 pg)
  • 1192-1196 Grinding War against Japan and the Atomic Bomb

In my research, I came across a propaganda video created by the War Relocation Authority about life in the camps.  It provides an interesting perspective – government contrast to The Rabbit in the Moon we viewed in class on 2/10. The film ends with this interesting quote about the 442nd infantry regiment almost entirely comprised of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry.”They know what they’re fighting against, and they know what they are fighting for –  their country and for the American Ideals that are part of their upbringing: democracy, freedom, and equality of opportunity regardless of race, creed, or ancestry.”

If you want to watch a Hollywood version of the attack on Pearl Harbor, check out this youtube clip.

When you consider the comparisons between then and now, here are some starting places:


Homework for Monday

Selections from Chapter 4 Section 1: read and take notes unless otherwise noted

  • 187-188 timeline sequence and central terms for the unit (due 2/2)
  • 189-192 FDR and the Good Neighbor policy (due 2/2)
  • 194-197 Hemispheric reactions to events in Europe and Asia (skim these pages)
  • 198-202 Neutrality and then Pearl Harbor (due 2/6)

Homework Thursday night

Critically read the packet.

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