Looking for fun study topic just for pleasure (no assignments$.  Anyone got an interesting thought about under researched history topics fro m about 1936-pre dec 7, 1941? I was thinking something...

Looking for fun study topic just for pleasure (no assignments$.

 

Anyone got an interesting thought about under researched history topics fro m about 1936-pre dec 7, 1941? I was thinking something original about Murrow? Or analyzing Churchill's rhetoric in his speeches or Harriman and lend-lease or presidential election of 1940?  Or winant? or re-researching arc records to recheck membership number?  Most estimates are old and based doley on Wayne S Cole's guesstimating decades ago.

 
 
Other areas or topics... Something neat about Danish immigration or importance of it? Or the under ground RR in midwest. 
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rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As you say, Danish immigration would be an interesting topic to study, they are an often-overlooked immigrant group. I know that a large contingent of early Mormon settlers were Danish immigrants. Also, one of the most important Americans to comment on the living conditions of "new" immigrants in inner cities was a Dane, Jacob Riis. So I'd say that would be an interesting topic.

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is quite a bit different than some of the suggestions you mentioned, but I'll offer it anyway.  I have always been interested in studying the interwar period from the Asian perspective.  Almost everything I have studied or been taught about the period focuses on life between the wars in Europe or the United States.   

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Riis is a great idea.  There aren't too many people who are important in our history who came to the US because they were love sick over having been rejected for marriage.  By a girl he first met when he was 15 and she was 12, no less...  Interesting way to remind us how "great men" are just as human as everyone else.

shake99 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I like #2. I've heard a little bit about Japan's motivation for expanding in the Pacific for oil and/or economic reasons. They may have considered us a threat to their expansion, so taking out Pearl Harbor made strategic sensen for them. It would be interesting to get it from their point of view.

kateew | Student

Riis is a great idea.  There aren't too many people who are important in our history who came to the US because they were love sick over having been rejected for marriage.  By a girl he first met when he was 15 and she was 12, no less...  Interesting way to remind us how "great men" are just as human as everyone else.

He was quite a character I suppose. That would be fun.

 

kateew | Student
Looking for fun study topic just for pleasure (no assignments$.

 

Anyone got an interesting thought about under researched history topics fro m about 1936-pre dec 7, 1941? I was thinking something original about Murrow? Or analyzing Churchill's rhetoric in his speeches or Harriman and lend-lease or presidential election of 1940?  Or winant? or re-researching arc records to recheck membership number?  Most estimates are old and based doley on Wayne S Cole's guesstimating decades ago.

 
 
Other areas or topics... Something neat about Danish immigration or importance of it? Or the under ground RR in midwest. 

 

 

Friggin iPhone, the last thougt I mentioned was the AFC and trying to verify or pindown Cole's guesstimating of AFC members in order to better understand their impact. While writing my senior thesis I noticed that all of my sources used his figures, yet he admits they are guesses or estimations.

 

kateew | Student

As you say, Danish immigration would be an interesting topic to study, they are an often-overlooked immigrant group. I know that a large contingent of early Mormon settlers were Danish immigrants. Also, one of the most important Americans to comment on the living conditions of "new" immigrants in inner cities was a Dane, Jacob Riis. So I'd say that would be an interesting topic.

I suppose either and both. I think they are an overlooked imigrant group overall.