World War I and Sirs Decades

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Devon Hickman
Period 3
10/3/12
War without a Cause
It used to be an honor to go off to war and die fighting for your country. In today’s war, the honor is all gone. It used to be an entire country’s effort; everyone became involved. Today, people are less focused on it. During World War I, the Germans were sinking American vessels ( at the time America was neutral). This enrages the American people and the result is they all pledged their support when war was declared. At the time of World War II, Americans were attacked at home. This sparked fear in the people and nationalism spread around the country as people were proud of their military. Women pitched in by taking over men’s jobs while they were fighting, and people grew victory gardens to save food. Fear of communism also made people more loyal to their democracy. As time progressed to the Vietnam War, people felt less in touch. Anti-war protests broke out and many tried to dodge the draft. Those fighting didn’t care as much about the war. Nowadays, war is less focused on as there are usually more pressing topics or people are just uninterested. We are no longer fighting at home. Dying for your country is now less glorified. Fighting used to have cause, but now you are just fighting for someone else’s arguments. 1940s: World War II: Home front, Sirs decades, web:10/2/12

1910s: World War I- America Moves Toward War, Sirs decades: web: 10/1/12

Wars used to be fought for good reasons, like basic human rights, freedoms, etc. As war modernized, the cause of it became less justified. As Ernest Hemingway said, “They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason” In the book All Quiet on the Western Front, a young man, Paul Baumer, describes his hardships in the war as well as some of his life before it. Paul is a nineteen year old soldier fighting for Germany...
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