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Allow your students to discover more about the WORLD WAR I and THE INVASION OF BELGIUM using this Primary Source activity.
Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills.
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American cartoonist William Allen Rogers contrasts American and German behavior in Belgium, a neutral country invaded in August 1914 by the German army. In this image, a German soldier guards the almost entirely occupied country, where reports of brutal German behavior contradict German claims to be a model of a civilized nation. Meanwhile, Uncle Sam, representing the "plain," and thus by German standards less cultured, people of the United States, sends a constant stream of food, clothing, and other assistance into the suffering country.
World War, 1914-1918--Recruiting & enlistment--United States Uncle Sam (Symbolic character)--1910-1920
This cross curricular, differentiated activity is designed to reach the varying learning levels of all students by allowing them to respond to the primary source and choose the questions they would like to answer.