World War II

Essay Question:

People sometimes call World War II a "good war" (especially in contrast to the Vietnam War) because they perceive it as a time when the American people were unified in fighting for a just cause. Many who lived through it have good memories of their personal experiences too. Of course, these attitudes are by no means universal. Was World War II a "good war" for your family?


To support your argument, get some family stories about this era. The following questions should elicit family stories that will be useful to you. Composing your own questions might be even more successful, especially if you base those questions on your knowledge of your family chronology and history.

Questions for veterans:

Questions for anyone with memories of the war or who remembers family stories about it:


More general questions for further conversation: