Baseball: A Morale Booster During Wartime?

How did baseball become America's national pastime? A sports-minded activity explores the importance government placed on baseball to boost morale during both world wars. Academics read letters to understand the importance of baseball during wartime. Scholars also complete a worksheet and participate in group discussions to understand the impact of Americans' favorite sport. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Guide a group discussion on ways the government boosted morale during wartime
  • Compare the need to boost morale during WWII to the Vietnam War
Classroom Considerations
  • A portion of the activity is completed online
  • Resource includes an extension activity if time allows
  • Short length of activity makes it easy to incorporate into another lesson
  • None