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Why We Fight

WWII and the Art of Public Persuasion

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.


Step back to the 1940s and experience the perspective of Americans responding to the Pearl Harbor attack and WWII. Americans were hungry for information, and Washington responded with a PR blitz to sell the war to the American public. Was it public persuasion or propaganda? Did it inform the public or manipulate them? Did it appeal to reason or emotions? Did it rely on facts or stereotypes? Step back in time and see how the American government coordinated a massive campaign to sell WWII to the US public. Immerse yourself in World War II era mass media - 43 historic posters, 13 rare films, plus numerous communiqués, photographs and recordings.

Videos including rarely-seen cartoons like "Herr Meets Hare" starring Bugs Bunny, government films “What To Do in a Gas Attack” and Hollywood wartime flicks like the "Spy Smasher" cliff hanger series. View naval deck logs detailing the attack on Pearl Harbor. Listen to FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech while you read his handwritten notes on the first draft of the speech. Listen to man-in-the-street interviews recorded the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. Swipe through an interactive timeline map detailing early Axis victories of the war. Use an interactive guide to interpret over 40 wartime posters.

Why We Fight is an enhanced, multi-touch book written by Peter Pappas, a well-known teacher, instructional designer and educational blogger.

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Customer Reviews

Fantastic Compilation, Probing Questions

This excellent interactive book is filled with incredible primary sources from the World War II era. From photographs to audio interviews to government-sponsored short films, readers will interact with the material in ways that will help them get a deeper understanding of the influence of media on the public's perception of the war. What I love most about this book are the insightful probing questions in each section - without leading the reader to a particular conclusion, the questions push hard to uncover truths about the American experience few of us consider. This would be a great book to use in middle or high school history courses.

Thoughtful Engagement

Why We Fight combines several important components required of materials for today's students. The format and organization allow for independent, small group or large group instruction. This versatility is essential with the diversity of available instructional settings; even within public school domain, students are configured into traditional classrooms, tutorials, and on-line classrooms. The material also fosters learning behaviors explicit in the CCR standards of Common Core, such as: building strong content knowledge, comprehending as well as critiquing, valuing evidence, understanding multiple perspectives, reading closely and analytically. Analyzing and writing persuasive text is a major focus of the Common Core Standards. But, most important to me, is the level of engagement possible for any of the individual students found in the classroom. Why We Fight uses technology and digital media strategically and capably. My thirteen-year-old nephew spent last year attending an on-line charter school after a eight year career in traditional classrooms. He enjoyed those lessons because they combined text and digital media. Why We Fight, of much higher quality in organization, selection and presentation of content and use of probing questions was an absolute delight for him. He is eagerly awaiting the next book. That is thoughtful engagement; not an easy result to achieve.

Tools for Thinkers

With this engaging ebook, Peter Pappas demonstrates the power of primary source material to transport us to another time. He is deliberate, too, about connecting the past to more recent events that students have witnessed. Throughout, he encourages critical thinking with questions that challenge students to make their own meaning. Great resource for the social studies classroom, and ideal launching pad for projects that put students in the role of historian (or filmmaker, graphic artist, propagandist, curator, etc.).

Why We Fight
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  • Free
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: Nov 13, 2014
  • Publisher: Edteck Designs for Learning, Inc
  • Seller: Edteck Designs for Learning, Inc
  • Print Length: 50 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.2
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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