It's known as "The Forgotten War", but all American should lern about it and remember it ... and that's where you can help. You have been asked to develop a "Korea 9 3 2 1" webpage to cover the basic information everyone should know about the Korean War - all on one page. Your page should include ...

9 - facts about the causes, impact, and events of the Korean War (look at my examples below)
3 - photos that help tell the story of the war, with descriptive captions
2 - maps that helps to explain the war.

1 - quote that is essential to understanding the war, with authors and context

9 - Come up with 9 great facts that everyone should know about "The Forgotten War", using the examples below as guides.
· The US supported South Korea and the USSR supported North Korea.
· After WWII the US and Soviet Union both occupied Korea, which split the country. Plans were made to withdraw and reunite Korea once tensions settled.
· South Korea became a democratic government and elections were held in 1948. Both North and South Korea wanted to rule the entire nation, so each government developed a military presence. In 1949, the United States withdrew their troops even though it was well-known that a civil war was unavoidable at this point.
· South Korea struggled to defend themselves when North Korea, with the Soviet's help, invaded on June 25th, 1950. North Korea had a better and more trained army.
· Gen. Douglas MacArthur led U.S. troops to defend South Korea. China joined forces with North Korea, forcing the U.S. to lose ground. Battle lines were at the 38th parallel.
· In July, 1951, truce talks began. Truce took two years, with occasional fighting in between. This truce, which was settled in 1953, did not have a major effect on the Korean people and didn't last long.
· The Korean War did largely effect the UN though. The war gave the UN their name as an international judge for military peacekeeping.
· The United States was faced with the decision to enter the cold war. China and the Soviet Union were still very committed to their communist beliefs.
· A containment policy emerged, in which the United States decided to take action if communism seemed to be spreading.

  • 3 - Photos should help tell the story of the war, so find three photos that work ... and provide a descriptive caption, like the one on my example.

(Pic below) "North Koreans shot these men after taking these men prisoner as we were pushing north." -William E. Anderson

(Pic to left) Many people think that the Korean War was fought in=== ===

tropical weather, but the winters in Korea are actually bitter and challenging for the troops.
  • Picture from National Archives and Records Administration
>(Picture below) Many don't realize what a toll this war took on the civilian population. Here Chinju natives are trying to identify relatives slain by the North Koreans. Hundreds of innocent persons were brutally murdered here by the Reds.
(Pic above) "Refugees walking past a disabled T-34 tank, which had been pushed off of the road. My unit pursued more than 30 of these tanks as we marched north to Yalu River. in October 1950." -William E. Anderson

2- What's a war without maps? Insert two maps that help tell the story of the causes, events, and/or impact of the map (with a caption for each)
This map shows the Koreas and the movements of either sides.


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  • 1 - You know historical quotes can bring old crusty things to like, so find one decent quote that helps add to the content of the Korean War (and provide some context for the quotes). For example ...

  • "The attack upon Korea makes it plain beyond all doubt that Communism has passed beyond the use of subversion to conquer independent nations and will now use armed invasion and war." - President Harry S Truman in his speech describing the military involvement of the US in Korea, without a declaration of war from Congress.
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  • "I knew I was going and was kind of proud to go and serve, but I wasn’t prepared for what I actually got into upon arriving in Korea."- William E. Anderson
  • Looking for some good resources? Consult ...

  • 795-797 in Creating America
  • the various sites on the Korean War research list on ABC-CLIO
  • "Democracy vs. Communism - the Korean War" video
  • Korean War 50th Anniversary
  • Korean War Project
  • Truman Museum & Library: The Korean War
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial Home Page