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  1. 1. Museum Entrance CivilWar WWII WaronTerror Vietnam Welcome to the Museum of Literature of Americas Wars Curators Offices WarPoetry
  2. 2. Curators Office Contact me: richardcbain@lewisu.edu I am a student at Lewis University, pursuing a Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology. I am also a Communication Arts teacher at Naperville Central High School. I also hold a position as a Digital Learning Leader. I am married to my wife, Amy, and we have two children, Ricky, 5, and Olivia, 1 (almost). I reside in Aurora, IL, where I spend most of my time trying to explain things to my son who never stops asking questions and watching episodes of The Office on Netflix with my wife. Richard Bain Note: Virtual museums were first introduced by educators at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. This template was designed by Dr. Christy Keeler. View the Educational Virtual Museums website for more information on this instructional technique. Return to Entry
  3. 3. Room 1 Return to Entry Civil War Room
  4. 4. Room 2 Return to Entry World War II Room
  5. 5. Room 3 Return to Entry Vietnam Conflict Room
  6. 6. Room 4 Return to Entry War on Terror Room
  7. 7. Room 5 Return to Entry War Poetry Room
  8. 8. http://thomaslegion.net/americancivilwarcasualties fatalitiesbattlestatisticstotalskilledwoundedcasualty fatalityfacts.html Return to Exhibit Civil War Infographic This infographic displays information containing important statistics and battles during the Civil War. It also contains key figures of the war as well as comparisons to other American wars.
  9. 9. http://oakmeadow887.corecommerce.com/American- Literature-Red-Badge-of-Courage-p2045.html The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (18711900). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer. Although Crane was born after the war, and had not at the time experienced battle first-hand, the novel is known for its realism. He began writing what would become his second novel in 1893, using various contemporary and written accounts (such as those published previously by Century Magazine) as inspiration. It is believed that he based the fictional battle on that of Chancellorsville; he may also have interviewed veterans of the 124th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, commonly known as the Orange Blossoms (amazon.com). Return to Exhibit Stephen Cranes The Red Badge of Courage
  10. 10. http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Lines-Graphic-History- Civil/dp/0809094746 Featuring breathtaking panoramas and revelatory, unforgettable images, Battle Lines is an utterly original graphic history of the Civil War. A collaboration between the award- winning historian Ari Kelman and the acclaimed graphic novelist Jonathan Fetter- Vorm, Battle Lines showcases various objects from the conflict (a tattered American flag from Fort Sumter, a pair of opera glasses, a bullet, an inkwell, and more), along with a cast of soldiers, farmers, slaves, and well-known figures, to trace an ambitious narrative that extends from the early rumblings of secession to the dark years of Reconstruction. Employing a bold graphic form to illuminate the complex history of this period, Kelman and Fetter-Vorm take the reader from the barren farms of the home front all the way to the front lines of an infantry charge. A daring presentation of the war that nearly tore America apart, Battle Lines is a monumental achievement (amazon.com). Return to Exhibit Graphic Novel (Non-fiction)
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  12. 12. http://www.ww2incolor.com/news/site-updates/15- astonishing-world-war-2-photos-that-bomb-your-sensesPicture of the American flag being raised on Iwo Jima Return to Exhibit Flag Raising on Iwo Jima
  13. 13. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/92417.The_Thin_ Red_Line They are the men of C-for-Charlie companyMad 1st Sgt. Eddie Welsh, Pvt. 1st Class Don Doll, Pvt. John Bell, Capt. James Stein, Cpl. Fife, and dozens more just like theminfantrymen who are about to land, grim and white-faced, on an atoll in the Pacific called Guadalcanal. This is their story, a shatteringly realistic walk into hell and back. In the days ahead, some will earn medals, others will do anything they can dream up to get evacuated before they land in a muddy grave. But they will all discover the thin red line that divides the sane from the madand the living from the deadin this unforgettable portrait that captures for all time the total experience of men at war (amazon.com). Return to Exhibit James Joness The Thin Red Line
  14. 14. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10058.Flags_of_ Our_Fathers In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jimaand into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the islands highest peak. And after climbing through a landscape of hell itself, they raised a flag. Now the son of one of the flagraisers has written a powerful account of six very different young men who came together in a moment that will live forever. To his family, John Bradley never spoke of the photograph or the war. But after his death at age seventy, his family discovered closed boxes of letters and photos. In Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley draws on those documents to retrace the lives of his father and the men of Easy Company. Following these mens paths to Iwo Jima, James Bradley has written a classic story of the heroic battle for the Pacifics most crucial islandan island riddled with Japanese tunnels and 22,000 fanatic defenders who would fight to the last man. But perhaps the most interesting part of the story is what happened after the victory. The men in the photothree were killed during the battlewere proclaimed heroes and flown home, to become reluctant symbols. For two of them, the adulation was shattering. Only James Bradleys father truly survived, displaying no copy of the famous photograph in his home, telling his son only: The real heroes of Iwo Jima were the guys who didnt come back. Few books ever have captured the complexity and furor of war and its aftermath as well as Flags of Our Fathers. A penetrating, epic look at a generation at war, this is history told with keen insight, enormous honesty, and the passion of a son paying homage to his father. It is the story of the difference between truth and myth, the meaning of being a hero, and the essence of the human experience of war (amazon.com) Return to Exhibit James Bradleys Flags of Our Fathers
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  16. 16. Return to Exhibit Casualty Breakdown This spreadsheet details casualties of the conflict in Vietnam as broken down by branch of service (US only), race/ethnicity, and enlistment. http://vietnamwar- database.blogspot.com/2010/11/vietnam-war- casualties.html
  17. 17. http://peoriareads.org/ Return to Exhibit Tim OBriens The Things They Carried A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award., A classic, life-changing meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling, with more than two-million copies in print Depicting the men of Alpha Company-Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three-the stories in The Things They Carried opened our eyes to the nature of war in a way we will never forget. It is taught everywhere, from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing, and in the decades since its publication it has never failed to challenge our perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, and courage, longing, and fear., Tim O'Brien's modern classic that reset our understanding of fiction, nonfiction, and the way they can work together, as well as our understanding of the Vietnam war and its consequences (amazon.com).
  18. 18. http://www.amazon.com/Twenty-Days-May-Vietnam- 1968/dp/1605638552 Twenty Days in May, Vietnam 1968 is the story of a light infantry company, A-4/31, with emphasis on the actions of the 1st platoon of Alpha Company during that period. The facts are documented, as well as they can be, by the S-2/3 Daily Staff Journal, daily Situation Reports (SITREPS), the unit history, radio logs and other documents from the National Archives, specific to the unit at that time. The crux of the story is then found in the e- mails, memories, recollections and sharing of experiences. These personal accounts take the reader into the field, into th