Creating An American Army - John J. Pershing

General John J. Pershing wasn't as charismatic as other military leaders during World War I, but he was probably the most significant in shaping America's entry into the conflict. While focusing on his personal role, a discussion of Pershing situates his military career within the larger framework of the Great War. More provocatively, the video challenges viewers to consider what makes a great leader in times of conflict.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • View the video and have learners discuss the characteristics of a successful leader
  • Show the video to engage students in the challenges facing the United States as it entered World War I
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes viewers have some knowledge of World War I
  • One installment of a larger series

  • Intriguing visuals stimulate learners' historical imagination
  • The narration is rich with ideas perfect to use in larger discussions of World War I 

  • Contains embedded ads and sponsorships, including a combat-oriented video game
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