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Point of View (POV)

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How were Americans impacted by the war? How were different social groups (women, American Indians, soldiers, African Americans, laborers, the upper class, etc.) impacted in different ways?

Guiding Question POV, WTXP Civil War, WWI women, American Indians, African Americans, soldiers 6-8, 9-12

Why do different groups tell different versions of the same historical story?

Guiding Question POV Civil War, WWI general 6-8, 9-12

How did Americans living through the war define core American values like liberty and equality? How did the definition of those values change depending on the point of view and life experiences of the person?

Guiding Question POV Civil War, WWI general 9-12

What did it mean to be a citizen in the United States between 1915 and 1925? How did that definition change when applied to women, immigrants, and American Indians? Why?

Guiding Question POV WWI women, American Indians, nativism 9-12

Which groups of Americans would have been most supportive of the war and why? Which would have been the least supportive and why?

Guiding Question POV WWI general 9-12

How did the varied regions (national/state, urban/rural, etc.) of the country view the war differently?

Guiding Question POV WWI general 6-8, 9-12

How did WWI change how Americans viewed the role of their nation in the world?

Guiding Question POV WWI general 9-12

To what extent is a person required to show loyalty to one's country during war?

Guiding Question POV Civil War, WWI general 6-8, 9-12

What were the pros and cons to US involvement in WWI? How was lending support for the war and declaring war different?

Guiding Question POV WWI general 6-8, 9-12

What were some pros and cons of the military draft?

Guiding Question POV WWI soldiers 6-8, 9-12

How effective was the Commission for Public Safety at overseeing Minnesota's war effort?

Guiding Question POV WWI general 6-8

What is more important during times of war - the government's responsibility to protect the country and its people, or to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals? Why?

Guiding Question POV WWI government 6-8, 9-12

What motivated African Americans to travel North? How did those motivations change before, during, and after the Civil War?

Guiding Question WTXP, POV Civil War African Americans 6-8, 9-12

What challenges did women face on the homefront? How did they overcome those challenges?

Guiding Question WTXP, POV Civil War, WWI homefront, women 6-8, 9-12

What roles did women play on the battlefield? How did the participation of women in the war effort impact the outcome of the war?

Guiding Question WTXP, POV WWI women, battle 6-8, 9-12

What was the impact of the Civil War on American Indians in Minnesota? How did the war complicate their priorities during the period?

Guiding Question WTXP, POV Civil War American Indians 6-8, 9-12

What challenges to their way of life did American Indians face during the WWI era and how did they resist those challenges?

Guiding Question WTXP, POV WWI American Indians 6-8, 9-12

How would the family of a soldier (or nurse) experience the war differently than a family without a service member?

Guiding Question WTXP, POV WWI soldiers, homefront 6-8, 9-12