Imagine you are a journalist in USA in the 1920s. You have the opportunity of interviewing one of the leaders of the KKK. Write the interview you imagine you could make. (Bauti – Tomás – Manolo)
Journalist: Today we are here with the KKK leader, James A. Colescott, the Imperial Wizard. Shall we start with the questions?
KKK Leader: Sure, Mr.
Journalist: Recently the Klan resurged in an attempt to eliminate the black people, what caused this resurging?
KKK Leader: Well, the movie “The birth of a Nation”
recently came out, it remembered us why we are here and why all Niggers should be dead.
Journalist: Ok, interesting. Don’t you think that Nigger is a strong word.
KKK Leader: It should be, it intimidates blacks and offends them, which is the right thing.
Journalist (shocked): Oh. How many participants does the Klan currently have? How do you recruit them?
KKK Leader: Well, first they apply for a membership“. Then we go to their homes to inspect them, ‘till we make sure they are 100% white. If they have another descendance we don’t accept them. Currently we have more than 50,000 people.
Journalist: I understand. What is your motivation for killing black people?
KKK leader: There are many reasons. We have fun killing them, we enjoy it. But the main one is that we want white people, real people to rule this world. Black people are just worthless. We kill them for hostility.
Journalist: Ok, one more question, what does Ku Klux Klan mean?
KKK Leader: Well, the Ku Klux part comes from the greek word Kuklos (Circle), and we added Klan. The name as one means White Racial Brotherhood. Also there are myths that the name is that because Ku Klux sounds like a rifle being charged.
Journalist: Okay, thank you very much that’s all.
- The aim of the league was to solve international problems without resorting to war. Moreover, the League also aimed to discourage aggression from any Nation, to encourage countries to cooperate, to encourage nations to disarm and to improve the living and working condition of people in all countries.
- When Woodrow Wilson to the USA after signing the Treaty of Versailles he needed the approval of his Congress, the American Parlament.
- German immigrants didn’t want to join the league because the League was supposed to enforce the Treaty of Versailles, which basically was the punishment given to Germany post-world war one.
- The economic reason of why America didn’t join the League was that it imposed sanctions (which means, if a country was behaving aggressively, they would stop trading with her) and that might be American trade.
- Americans feared that the League would be dominated by Britain or France and that they would make them defend their empires.
- Serbia decided to take over Vilna because most of its population was Serbian, and not Lithuanian, due to the fact that Polland used to own that area. These were the kind of things that the League was supposed to stop, but when they realized that Polland could be a good ally against Germany they decided not to. Plus, the League of Nations had a really poor army, being incapable of taking down Polland.
- Upper Silesia was a very important region both for Poland and Germany because of its potential as an agricultural land and it’s resources.
- Upper Silesia was a land in between Germany and Polland. This area had a great agricultural potential, which is why both countries wanted it. During 1919-1921 there were riots between the fighting countries so the League had to intervene. What they did was separate the land between Germany, who received the biggest part, and Polland, who received the richest part.
- On October 7, 1920, the League arranged an armistice that gave the land of Vilna to Lithuania, however, two days later a Polish General took Lithuanian troops out of Vilna and conquered Vilna, establishing its government at Vilnius.
- When the Aaland’s islands were disputed by Finland and Sweden, because the area belongs to Finland, but most islands were Sweden, these countries decided to ask the League for help. With one of their first successes, the League decided that they should remain with Finland, but weapons could not be held there.
- Mussolini invades Corfu because one of his teams, led by Fellini, got murdered at Greece while trying to resolve the border conflict of Corfu between Greece and Albania.
- Because they let Italy take the money even though they were the ‘villain’ in the story, and when they did the same they had to pay.
- It weakened the League because as GB didn’t sign an influence was spread and more countries would rebel.
- Greece invaded Bulgaria because a soldier of her’s got murdered at the border of her.
- Greece complained because she had done the exact same thing as Italy, though Mussolini was paid, meanwhile, Greece had to pay.
After doing these questions we analyzed the conflicts by drawing maps of where they happened.
Vilna Conflict (1920)
- Border dispute between Poland and Lithuania
- Poland attacked Vilna (Lithuania) as after WW1, almost all of Vilna’s inhabitants were Polish.
- Lithuania went to the League of Nations but they did nothing as they weren’t yet prepared
Upper Silesia (1921)
- Border dispute between Poland and Germany
- Both of them wanted Upper Silesia because of it’s agricultural potential, but Germany had it at that time.
- They asked the League for help so it sent a plebiscite to Upper Silesian’s inhabitants.
- They decided that the rural part should go to Poland and the urban to Germany
Aaland Islands (1921)
- Border dispute between Sweden and Finland
- As both were peaceful they went to the LON for help
- The League decided that as Finland was closer they should get it.
Corfu Conflict (1923)
- Border conflict between Albania and Greece, both wanted Corfu
- They ask the League of help and Mussolini is put in charge of solving the conflict
- Mussolini sends Fellini and his team to Greece to discuss the problem
- Fellini and his team are murdered on Greece
- Full of anger, Mussolini invades Greece
- The Italians were forced to leave by the League but Greece had to pay an indemnity
- A Greek soldier got murdered because of accidentally entering Bulgaria
- Greece decided to invade Bulgaria seeking revenge
- The League took care of this by forcing Greek troops to leave Bulgaria and making them pay an indemnity
- Greece got furious because they said that it was unfair that when Italy did the same, they got paid instead of they themselves having to pay
The treaty of Versailles was a peace treaty that took place in the Paris Peace Conference
- Idealistic: When you’re idealistic, you dream of perfection, whether in yourself or other people. Woodrow Wilson was a very idealistic person, and he demonstrated that with the 14 points
- Self-Determination: This is what Wilson wanted for the mandates that used to be colonies in the WW1, which was them to rule themselves
- War-Guilt: This is what the Big Three made Germany feel in the treaty of Versailles, which means the regret and sadness because of something you might have done
- Reparations: What Germany had to pay for to the countries that were damaged by them, helping them recover their economy
- Disarmament: This is when a country reduces it’s army just enough for their national security. This was one of the punishments for Germany
- Scaffold of an army: This refers to a characteristic of the German’s army and weapons
- Territory: The socially modified space belonging to a country
- Extremism: This was a reckless form of government
Now we will listen to a voicethread that the senior one class 2016 did, which will be a conversation between the big three [CONVERSATION WITH THE BIG THREE]
With Lucia Hernandez we did a Lino on the war itself, here it is!
Two weeks ago we did a google Doc on Short term causes of the world war 1.
In the doc we answered some questions on the Moroccan crises, the Bakans crisis, the naval and arms race and the murder at Sarajevo.
Then in class we did a scrapbook summary that you can see below…
Then we did a Lino in which we analysed the causes…
Our History teacher, asked us to write a text about someone who contributed to the world, in my case, I chosen Bill Gates.
I chose this character because he inspires me to provide more techonlogical solutions, which is what I want to do when i am big.
William Henry Gates III, better known as Bill Gates, was born on 28 of October, 1955.
He was an American business magnate, investor, author, and philanthropist. In 1975, Bill and Paul Allen, one of his best friends, co-foundated Microsoft, which is now the largest computer company. During his carreer in Microsoft, he achieved the positions, of chairman, CEO and chief software architect and he authored a lot of books.
Since 1987, he was included in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people, in which from 1995 to 2007 he was the wealthiest. Now he is again the richest man alive, with US$85.6 billion. Also, Bill Gates is coinsidered very important on history because of how he promoted Technology.