SEVENTH GRADE ESSAY CONTEST WINNER:
Hannah Park, Bret Harte Middle School, San Jose, CA
World War II was a devastating event in world history. However many inventions were made during that horrible war, including the atomic bomb. This destructive force was the cause of Japan’s surrender thus ending the war. The atomic bomb killed thousands of people in Japan and is still killing people with its long lasting radioactive effects. It was a horrible discovery and an unfair war weapon. However, it is the World War II invention that has the most impact on my life.
The only reason Japan surrendered was because the bombs were too destructive and killed many people. It was a desperate and cruel was to end a war. Although I hate the thought of killing innocent people for “war effort”, it has a positive impact on my life because I am Korean. If Japan won the war, it would mean that there would no longer be Korea. It would no longer be a country. During the war, we were colonized by Japan. We were not allowed to teach or learn the Korean language and history, have Korean names, or be able to do anything that reminded us of our Korean descent or culture. If Japan had won the war, Koreans would know nothing of the carefully developed Korean language, or the unique history. Japan would claim credit for all of Korean inventions. Because Japan surrendered to the bomb, we were able to become an independent country. We are allowed to speak our own language and learn our own history. If nobody had discovered the atomic bomb and Japan had won the war, I would be speaking Japanese today, not Korean. I would learn about the victory of Japan during World War II. I would not know of that small country that I really belong to, called Korea. I am a proud Korean and therefore the invention of the atomic bomb, the powerful force that defeated Japan, has had the greatest impact on my life.
Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
High school and college students, learn the leadership principles that helped win WWII on a trip to France or during a weeklong residential program in New Orleans. College credit is available, and space is limited.
See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
Collected from across the United States, the words and pictures of these yearbooks present a new opportunity to experience the many challenges, setbacks and triumphs of the war through the eyes of America’s youth.
The Victory Gardens of WWII
Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!
The Science and Technology of WWII
Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.
Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.