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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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