Author: Brianna Bernath

Marines’ heroism and tragedy on the big screen

Wake Island emotionally and enthrallingly depicts the harsh reality that the United States Marines experienced in December 1941 as they tried to repel the Japanese Navy immediately following the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Trumpets blare at the outset of this movie as a narrator explains what the year 1941 was like for Marines stationed on Wake Island before the Japanese attack. While the film begins with a disclaimer explaining that all of the characters are fictional and their names are not the names of actual people who fought at Wake Island, it is evident that this movie makes every attempt...

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U.S. Army sergeant tells of horrors on Bataan Peninsula

The Japanese ships carrying an estimated 100,000 troops arrived on the shore of the Bataan Peninsula in December 1941, and with the ships came the invasion of the Philippines, which had been occupied by the U.S. up until then. Sergeant Glenn Frazier of the U.S. Army looked at the men to his left and right, as they all acknowledged the fact that they were now fighting a war, which would require him to kill, something he had not yet been able to reconcile with his upbringing in a Christian family – the same values that almost prevented him from...

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Teachers making great sacrifices, but are they being asked to do too much?

In an effort to better prepare the public for wartime dangers, more than 35,000 teachers in the New York City school system will sacrifice their 10-week summer vacation to remain within 24 hours’ traveling distance of the city in case of a war emergency. The teachers will spend two of those 10 weeks in war classes, teaching civilian defense training to adults and children. Devised by John E. Wade, deputy and associate superintendent of schools, the classes will include air-raid precautions, first aid, and the war and the curriculum. As the war rages on, a teacher’s job goes far beyond...

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Censorship: A Necessary Evil?

The Axis Powers are infamous for using propaganda as a tool of war and imposing complete government control over the news media. The United States, by contrast, values press freedom, but it also recognizes the enormous power of information. It is engaging in a two-pronged effort to control the flow of news. On the one hand, the U.S. tries to help people in Axis-occupied nations access uncensored reports; on the other hand, it prevents its own citizens from reading about the latest developments on the battle front in American newspapers. The press has been asked to obey stringent guidelines for publication. Often they...

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Blood donation controversy raises questions about racial discrimination

Co-authored by Ashley Turner In the weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack, many Americans rushed to donate blood. When African-Americans did so, however, the American Red Cross told them their blood was not wanted. After an outcry from the black community, the Red Cross lifted its ban, but restrictions remain in place. According to Army Surgeon General James Magee, blood from white donors and blood from black donors must be kept separate, and transfusions with blood from black donors would be given only upon request. Navy Surgeon General Ross T. McIntire, by contrast, says the Blood Donor Center in Washington,...

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World War 2.0 tries to imagine what the reporting of World War II might have looked like if the conflict were taking place today. Articles are based on information that would have been available to the press at the time, but they are written using contemporary journalistic style. The authors are all students at Seton Hall University, working with assistant professor of journalism Matthew Pressman.