Learn. Japan. WWII begins in the Pacific

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Last class we spent some time discussing Japanese Imperialism from 1904-1937. We finished with the Rape of Nanking, one of the most horrible atrocities in the history of the world.

  • What are your thoughts after watching the Rape of Nanking documentary?
  • If you were a leader of a nation in the region at the time what actions could you have taken?

Fast forwarding years after the horrible events in Nanking, lets take a look at the conversation happening between Japan and the United States of America, and what ensues.

Activity 1: Reading and Spoken Word Battle 

  • G9 – Read PII: Message from the President to the Emperor of Japan (Dec. 6, 1941)
  • G10 – Read PIII: Japanese note to the United States (December 7, 1941)

Activity 2: December 7, 1941 – “A date that will live in infamy” … quick investigation using a great National Geographic web tool. 

Video Clip: Watch clip from Episode 1 of HBO’s the Pacific.

Wondering what Japan’s plan was? click here.

The Japanese Empire after Dec. 7, 1941

The Japanese Empire after Dec. 7, 1941

“Island hopping?” Using the above photo what do you think this means?

Each of these islands that we see in under the red flag of the empire of Japan was home to an intense battle between the US Marine Corps and the Japanese Army and Navy. Click here to investigate some of these Major Pacific Battles.


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