For my term paper I am writing about prisoners of the Korean War. Specifically, I am focusing on our Korean prisoners of war namely both the Chinese and Korean prisoners American forces held captive. Repatriation played a huge rule during the war or in other words many of the prisoners we held captive stated they would violently resist returning to their country of origin. Centered on Korean prisoners of war and the problems of repatriation, I have found numerous primary sources, such as news articles and speeches of the time of the Korean War that have been very interesting and informative. Notably, thus far I have found one secondary source that held an excellent description of the steps that led to resolution of prisoner repatriation and of the resolution itself. This secondary source is Schaff’s essay “1953 Korean War Armistice”. I have to admit, it did take a while to locate an article that dealt with the resolution of the Korean War. Many of the sources I found dealt with the conditions of the prison camps, riots within the prison camps, problems between the separate groups within the camps, and statistics pertaining to the prisoners within the camps. I was delighted to finally find Schaff’s article. Within it Schaff focuses more on the political aspects that led to the resolution of prisoner repatriation, such as the National Nations Supervisory Commission, the National Nations Repatriation Commission, the United Nations Commission’s final proposal and the tension and formations occurring between these important happenings. Schaff’s article will be very crucial part of my term paper.
Our assignment this week in class involved two debates on completely different subjects. The first debate centered on if Robert E. Lee was a brilliant commander or not. The second debate, of which I am a part of, focuses on the idea that surgical air power alone cannot win wars. My group was assigned the affirmative argument to this topic. Plenty of debate prep went into this assignment. Truthfully, the first time we met all of us did not have the time to thoroughly read over the sources within the book. After a brief discussion in which we decided to meet again, read over the sources, and find some outside sources, we parted ways. The second time we met to discuss the debate, we were more prepared. A rough draft of an outline was already prepared by one of our members and outside sources from all were being discussed, plus the sources assigned in class. During this meeting we also discussed points the opposing side may argue and how we could counter them. In the third and final meeting, a plethora of additional sources were discussed and added. The outline for the argument became complete, as well as the bibliography. An introduction to our debate was drafted as well as a flexible conclusion. The lineup of who would present which part of the four part debate was decided. A very productive final meeting! I enjoyed working with everyone in my group. I feel that we each contributed a great deal to our overall argument. This class assignment was definitely different than what I have experienced in previous history classes. Overall, it has been a pleasant assignment.
Fort Morgan is located 22 miles west of Gulf Shores, AL and also reachable via the Mobile Bay auto ferry located on Dauphin Island (notably, the same auto ferry President Obama rode while visiting the gulf coast after the BP oil spill disaster). After the War of 1812 with the threat of British and Spanish invasion, the U.S. reexamined its national security. In 1815 Congress allotted 8.5 million dollars to the construction of fortifications on the coastal regions of the U.S. The construction of Fort Morgan began in 1818. After a work force of mostly slaves placed over 40 million bricks, the fort was completed in 1834. Fort Morgan played a key role in the Civil War during the Battle of Mobile Bay. After two weeks of being under siege from Union forces the fort finally surrendered.
The fort was also active in the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II. During 1895-1904 concrete artillery batteries were added to the fort and additional military building were added from 1899 to 1910. A museum of Mobile Point American military history that includes details from 1845 to 1945 is located within the fort. Many of the exhibits feature items from the soldiers that served at the fort. The site offers such experiences as guided tours and a yearly reenactment. The fort is also part of a bird sanctuary, and contains both a fishing pier and picnic area.