We the People U. S. Constitution - War & Peace
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According to the U. S. Constitution, which branch of government or person has the power to declare war?


Who can negotiate for or declare peace?


Can a state's government declare war or sue for peace?


What are treaties?


Some treaties were agreed to over a century ago. Should your generation of Americans honor age old agreements? Explain.




Are Americans a peaceable people?

1. Begin by surveying the class or writing your answer .

2. Get the facts:

How many times have Americans gone to war?


In total, how many years have Americans been at war?


In total, how many years have Americans lived in peace?


Sometimes nations start a war. Sometimes they respond to aggression against themselves. Occasionally, countries fight to defend others.

Classify each of the United States of America's wars. - Started it / Self defense / Protecting nation's interests / Defending another country

Make a spreadsheet table to help organize the facts regarding America at war. Include: the name of the war, dates start/ending, casualties, money spent - financial cost of the war, classify each of the wars as above, leader when the war started, leader who gained peace.


Based on these facts - Are Americans a peaceable people? Explain.


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"Peace signifies more than the stilling of guns, easing the sorrow of war.
More than escape from death, it is a way of life.
More than a haven for the weary, it is a hope for the brave." Dwight D. Eisenhower

''You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.'' Jeannette Rankin


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