DUE: Thursday, May 4th. Zinn, CH 16: A People’s War? Panel Questions
Directions: Answer all questions in pen on lined paper. These will be collected in class on Thursday prior to Panel.
How does the U.S. government’s “record in world affairs” prior to 1941 indicate that the U.S. involvement in WWII would not serve as an effective blow to “imperialism, racism, totalitarianism, and militarism, in the world”?
How do standard American history textbooks explain FDR’s reluctance to stop Japanese and German aggression? How does Zinn’s? Which interpretation do you find most persuasive, and why?
How did the United States ensure that it would control the international exchange rates after WWII
How did the International Bank for Reconstruction expected to rebuild war-destroyed areas with foreign investment after WWII?
How did the structure of the U.N. allow it to be controlled by the Untied States, England, and France?
How does Zinn explain FDR’s failure to “take steps” that might have saved thousands of people from dying in the Nazi concentration camps?
Why were there so many strikes by the U.S. workers during WWII?
How does Zinn explain Roosevelt’s failure to “take steps” that might have saved thousands of people from dying in Nazi concentration camps?
Why were most American black unenthusiastic and even unsupportive of the United States’ participation in WWII
Why did the Allies engage in saturation bombing of enemy civilians when Roosevelt had already labeled such actions as “inhuman barbarism”?
If the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not necessary to force Japan to surrender, why was it done?
Why were there so man strikes following the end of WWII?
How does “a permanent war economy” solve the “problems of control”?
How did the Truman Doctrine convince Americans that the U.S. government should support fascism in Greece?
Is the rational for American involvement in the Korean War contradicted by its actions during the war? Explain.
How did the Korean War contribute to the forging of a liberal/conservative consensus?
Is there any difference between Executive Order 9835 and the expulsion of non-communists in the Czech government in 1948?
How did the U.S. government portray the independence movements of the Indochinese, Indonesians, Africans, and Filipinos to the American public?
For what was Joe McCarthy censured?
What point is Zinn making by revealing the positions that Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and John Kennedy took regarding the government’s anticommunist strategy of the late 1940s and early 1950s?
Why would such figures as Einstein, Sartre, and Picasso take such as passionate interest in the fate of the Rosenbergs?
What was America foreign policy after WWII?
What rule did the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) play in forging the consensus behind American foreign policy after WWII?
What evidence was there that American communists were advocating the violent overthrow of the government?
What was the economic goal of the Marshall plan? What was the political goal?
Why did the U.S. foreign policy support right-wing dictatorship? (Why did the U.S. overthrow democratically elected governments in places such as Guatemala in 1945?)
Was Fidel Castro an agent of Soviet Expansion? How so? How not?
According to James Reston, what were Kennedy’s budgetary goals for his administration? What conclusions does Zinn draw from this?
According to Zinn, did the United States join WWII to expand it’s own empire? Why or why not?
In which ways was WWII a “peoples war”? In which ways was it not. Which view does Zinn align more closely with? Use specific examples for both.