It's known as "The Forgotten War", but all Americans should learn about it and remember it ... and that's where you can help. You have been asked to develop a "Korea 9 3 2 1" webpage to cover the basic information everyone should know about the Korean War - all on one page. Your page should include ...

9 - facts about the causes, events, and impact of the Korean War (look at my examples below)
3 - photos that help tell the story of the war, with descriptive captions
2 - maps that help to explain the war.
1 - quote that is essential to understanding the war, with authors and context

9 - Come up with 9 great facts that everyone should know about "The Forgotten War", using the examples below as guides. I will have my own list that will use to compare to yours - hopefully you will ge most of the facts on my list!
  • A non example ... I like cheese.
  • A bad example ... There was a war in Korea in the 1950s.
  • A good example ... The Korean War began in July of 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea.
  • A better example ... The 3 year long Korean War began in 1950 when communist North Korea invaded democratic and US supported South Korea, pulling the
United Nations into a peacekeeping effort in Asia. (ooooh, that's good - so good)

  • After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union both occupied Korea after repelling Japanese invaders from that nation
  • communists defeated the anticommunist Nationalists in civil war in china
  • Korea had been a Japanese colony for half a century when Japan surrendered to the Allies at the end of World War II
  • North Korea pushed south Korea back almost to Pusan, in early fighting
  • 1945, Soviet troops occupied Korea north of the 38th parallel or line of latitude
  • Aided by Soviets a Communist government came to power in North Korea
  • South Korea had a noncommunist leader supported by the United States governed
  • Nationalist government fled to the island Taiwan, formerly Formosa, off the coast of the Chinese mainland
  • Americas fear of communist grew and events in Korea contributed to this fear

3 - Photos should help tell the story of the war, so find three photos that work ... and provide a descriptive caption, like the one on my example.


Many people think that the Korean War was fought in tropical weather, but the winters in Korea are actually bitter and challenging for the troops.

Picture from National Archives and Records Administration

2- What's a war without maps? Insert two maps that help tell the story of the causes, events, and/or impact of the map (with a caption for each)

1 - You know historical quotes can bring old crusty things to like, so find one decent quote that helps add to the content of the Korean War (and provide some context for the quotes). For example ...

"The attack upon Korea makes it plain beyond all doubt that Communism has passed beyond the use of subversion to conquer independent nations and will now use armed invasion and war." - President Harry S Truman in his speech describing the military involvement of the US in Korea, without a declaration of war from Congress.

Looking for some good resources? Consult ...

795-797 in Creating America
the various sites on the Korean War research list on ABC-CLIO
"Democracy vs. Communism - the Korean War" video
Korean War 50th Anniversary
Korean War Project
Truman Museum & Library: The Korean War
Korean War Veterans Memorial Home Page