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Based on your readings of Zinn, class lectures, videos, and discussions, respond to the following questions. Make sure to provide examples that support your responses. 1. A) How do standard American history textbooks explain Roosevelt’s reluctance to stop Japanese and German aggression? B) How does Zinn? C) Which interpretation do you find more persuasive, and why? D) Why were most American blacks unenthusiastic and even unsupportive of the United States’ participation in WWWII? E) If the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not necessary to force Japan to surrender, why was it done?
2- How did John O’ Sullivan justify the annexation of an entire continent? Who were some influential Americans who opposed the war with Mexico? By 1848, did Congressman Lincoln end up supporting the war? Explain. Why did many of the American soldiers wish to stop fighting? What evidence does Zinn provide to determine how widespread desertion was among American soldiers? Aside from an increase in pay, why might an Irish-American soldier desert the U.S. Army and join the Mexican Army? Why do you suppose American history textbooks omit the San Patricios experience? Explain. What role did race play in both the promotion of and opposition to the war? What is meant by “we take nothing by conquest, thank god? Explain
3- 1 page essay on any of the four ethnic groups discussed in class. (Native Americans, African Americans, Chicanos, and Asian Americans)