No Good Wars: Teaching the History of Modern American Wars as a Means of Resisting Current Ones By



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Casablanca

Saving Private Ryan

M*A*S*H

Apocalypse Now

Platoon


The Quiet American

Three Kings

ASSIGNMENTS

TOPICS


READINGS, ETC.


DUE DATE


The Legacy of WWII: The “Good War”?

D Intro, BT Prologue & H Intro

September 1

Korea

D 1 & 2

6

Korea

D 3 & 4

8

Vietnam

D 5, 6 & 7

13

Vietnam

D 8 & 9

15

Gulf War (I)

D 10 & 11

20

Gulf War (I)

D 12 & 13

22

Placing the Current Debacles in Context

Review

27




EXAM ONE

29

Iraq War (II) & Empire

BT 1 & 2

October 4

Iraq War (II) & Empire

BT 3

6

DEVELOPMENT DAY

NO CLASSES

11

George W. Bush

BT 4 & 5

13

9/11 & “Pre-emptive” Wars

BT 6 & 7

October 18

America in Decline?

BT 8 & 9

20

Topics cont.:
Where We Are Now

Readings Etc.:

Review

Due Date:

25





EXAM TWO

27

Abu Ghraib

H 1

November 1

Unintelligence or Disinformation?

H 2

3

Neo-conservatism

H 3

8

Lies & Liars

H 5

15

On the Ground

H 6

17

The Devil’s We Like

H 7

22




Thanksgiving – NO CLASSES

24

The Context of These Wars

H 8

29

Current Events

TBA

December 1

War & Film

TBA

3

Wrapping Up

Journal Due

8

Conclusions

REVIEW

10

Appendix Two

HIST/POLS Attitude & Opinion Measure


Based on what you currently know and believe, please respond to the following statements.

The United States’ involvement in World War II was morally just.


0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
If drafted, I would have been willing to serve the United States in combat during World War II.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
I would have been willing to volunteer to join the Unites States’ armed services to serve in combat during World War II.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I would have been willing to attend rallies protesting against the United States’ involvement in World War II.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I would have been willing to contribute time and/or money to aid the cause of protesting against the Unites States’ involvement in World War II.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree

The United States’ involvement in the Korean War was morally just.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
If drafted, I would have been willing to serve the United States in combat during the Korean War.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
I would have been willing to volunteer to join the Unites States’ armed services to serve in combat during the Korean War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I would have been willing to attend rallies protesting against the United States’ involvement in the Korean War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I would have been willing to contribute time and/or money to aid the cause of protesting against the Unites States’ involvement in the Korean War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree

The United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War was morally just.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
If drafted, I would have been willing to serve the United States in combat during the Vietnam War.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
I would have been willing to volunteer to join the Unites States’ armed services to serve in combat during the Vietnam War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I would have been willing to attend rallies protesting against the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I would have been willing to contribute time and/or money to aid the cause of protesting against the Unites States’ involvement in the Vietnam War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree

The United States’ involvement in the first Gulf War was morally just.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
If drafted, I would have been willing to serve the United States in combat during the first Gulf War.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
I would have been willing to volunteer to join the Unites States’ armed services to serve in combat during the first Gulf War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I would have been willing to attend rallies protesting against the United States’ involvement in the first Gulf War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I would have been willing to contribute time and/or money to aid the cause of protesting against the Unites States’ involvement in the first Gulf War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree

The United States’ involvement in the Afghanistan War is morally just.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
If drafted, I am willing to serve the United States in combat in the Afghanistan War.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
I am willing to volunteer to join the Unites States’ armed services to serve in combat in the Afghanistan War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I am willing to attend rallies protesting against the United States’ involvement in the Afghanistan War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I am willing to contribute time and/or money to aid the cause of protesting against the Unites States’ involvement in the Afghanistan War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree

The United States’ involvement in the current Iraq War is morally just.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
If drafted, I am willing to serve the United States in combat in the current Iraq War.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree
I am willing to volunteer to join the Unites States’ armed services to serve in combat in the current Iraq War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I am willing to attend rallies protesting against the United States’ involvement in the current Iraq War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree


I am willing to contribute time and/or money to aid the cause of protesting against the Unites States’ involvement in the current Iraq War.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strongly Strongly

Disagree Agree

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS:
List any additional classes you have already taken that touched upon the topic of these wars.

List any additional classes that you are currently taking that you expect to touch upon the topic of these wars.










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