The Korean War, and Why Americans Don’t Talk About It

The Korean War has been largely ignored and forgotten by the American public because it was an embarrassing incident with no clear goal. Similar to Vietnam, the Korean War grew directly out of the aftermath of WWII. Japan’s defeat meant the end of its occupation of Korea, and the withdrawal of roughly 700,000 civilians and 270,000 military personnel, these being the majority of Korea’s technical and administrative expertise. The Korean communist party had its origin in the nationalist anti-Japanese resistance, having used the mountainous terrain to obstruct the Japanese occupation with support from communist groups in China and Manchuria.1 As the Japanese withdrew, they warned the UN forces that the Korean nationalists were probably communists and not to be trusted.
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Post Civil War Reconstruction (Or how to not dismantle a social structure while looking like you care about the people who have suffered from it)

On February 21st, 1854, Republican Charles Sumner addressed the US Senate on the subject of slavery. Continue reading

On the Morality of Truman’s Decision to Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The first successful atomic bomb test took place at Los Alamos, New Mexico on July 16th, 1945.1 It was the culmination of three years’ worth of research and development for the international group of scientists working with Canadian uranium2 on the Manhattan Project, and was to change the route of international diplomacy in a way that no one could have anticipated at the time. Continue reading