How have past American wars created major medical issues that dramatically affected military personnel and civilians?
The Medical Issues During American Wartime Unit compels students to take the perspective of people most impacted by American warfare in the 20th century: soldiers, civilians, and the medical professionals assisting those groups. By focusing on the medical concerns particular to each conflict, students will acquire new insights not only about warfare in the past, but also the potential human cost of warfare in the future.
Throughout this unit, students will explore these questions with each successive investigation:
1) How have recent American wars created major medical issues that dramatically affected military personnel and civilians?
2) Why is the Spanish-American War important in the larger history of the United States?
3) Why did thousands of American soldiers die in the Spanish-American conflict and how did their deaths lead to medical advancement?
4) How did specific developments during WWI impact soldiers fighting the war?
5) Did the United States have good reasons to enter WWI?
6) Which WWI-related injury or mental illness was worst?
7) How did the Spanish Flu become so deadly during the WWI years?
8) What major military developments characterized the WWII effort in the Pacific Theater?
9) Should America have dropped the atomic bombs on Japan?
10) Should American society feel somewhat responsible for the mass killing of Jews during the Holocaust?
11) What were some of the worst medical hardships endured by concentration camp prisoners?
12) What was it like to be an American soldier during the Korean War?
13) How did the Vietnam War develop into an American war?
14) What specific factors and conditions made American soldiers in the Vietnam War especially susceptible to PTSD?
15) What does this famous photograph reveal about the true nature of the Vietnam War?
Unit includes End-of-Unit Medical Issues During Wartime Summative Project, Answer Keys, and Extend the Lesson Resources throughout!