WHY WAR: THE CAUSES OF CONFLICT
Why War: The Causes of Conflict is the newest exhibit to join the Flying Heritage Collection. Through a unique and interactive experience, the exhibit explores the roots of military confrontations throughout our nation's history.

Full-scaled, detailed replicas, rare historical artifacts and large-scale touchscreens give visitors a new way to explore history and examine conflict through the lenses of key figures, technology, and pop culture to demonstrate the common causes of war.






EXHIBIT FEATURES
The interactive features of the exhibit allow families, community groups, and school classes choose how they want to explore this complex topic.

Data Visualization Wall
Eight 98-inch large-scale touchscreens allow visitors to explore and discover the causes, setting, events, and icons of major American conflicts throughout history.

Nuclear Heat Map
With an interactive touchscreen, visitors can explore and learn how nuclear weapons have grown over time.

Conflict Simulator Command Station
Visitors don't just get to explore history, they get to take on the role of a world leader. With four interactive screens, visitors are placed in world-changing situations and asked to make critical choices.

Chronicles of War
Visitors can gain a real understanding of the impact war had on soldiers, women and children, by interacting with six touchscreens, each telling a story of the people who were involved in war.

Atomic Bombs
Full-scale detailed replicas of Fat Man and Little Boy, the two bombs dropped on Japan to end World War II, challenge visitors to examine their perceptions of utility of these weapons.


WHY WAR: THE CAUSES OF CONFLICT CURRICULA
Why War: The Causes of Conflict offers an amazing opportunity to teach students about the causes of war, the impact of propaganda, how to critically examine primary sources, and ask large-scale critical questions.

To enhance field trips to visit Why War we have prepared curricula that can easily be used in a U.S. History, World History, Economics, and/or Civics classroom. All the materials needed to run these lessons are linked below.

These curricula should be used to prepare a class to visit and experience Why War: The Causes of Conflict. If you would like to schedule a school group tour of Why War and the rest of our institution please contact Justin Spielmann, FHC Education Coordinator, at justins@flyingheritage.com.


Lesson# 1: Why War? Wars are not Random Events

Subjects:
U. S. History, World History
Suggested time:
One 50-minute class period (extend to additional class periods as needed)
Grade Levels:
7-12
Learning Targets:
  • After examining case studies about the main causes of American conflicts, students will be able to identify how different risk factors may lead to international conflict.
Wars are not random events
Supporting Materials - Risk Factors and Descriptions


Lesson #2: Writing American War Biographies

Subjects:
U.S. History, U.S. Government, Civics, Economics
Suggested time:
Three 50-minute class periods
Grade Levels:
7-12
Learning Targets:
  • Students will be able to engage in a research project about a person involved in an American war, and describe key events from that person's life.
  • Students will be able to work cooperatively in groups of three and produce a biography that adds new insight into an individual in American history.
Biographies
Supporting Materials - Names for Biographies


Lesson #3: Propaganda and World War II

Subjects:
U. S. History, World History
Suggested time:
One 50-minute class period
Grade Levels:
7-12
Learning Targets:
  • Students will identify how the imagery and words of propaganda posters were used to shape opinions during WWII.
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of vindictive peace by explaining barriers that propaganda creates for "peace without victory."
Propaganda in War


Lesson #4: The Revolutionary War: Analyzing Eyewitness Accounts for Believability

Subjects:
U. S. History, World History
Suggested time:
One 50-minute class period
Grade Levels:
8-12
Learning Targets:
  • Students will look closely at accounts of the same event and be able to determine why some are more/less reliable than others.
  • Students will be able to support their claims with evidence from primary source documents.
The Shot Heard Round the World
Supporting Materials - Rev War Shots


Lesson 5: The Safest Time in History?

Subjects:
U. S. History, World History
Suggested time:
Three 50-minute class periods (this may need to be longer, depending on how in-depth students will examine this topic)
Grade Levels:
7-12
Learning Targets:
  • After examining the hypothesis that this time period is the safest time in human history, students will gather evidence to support or challenge this claim.
The Safest Time in Human History
Supporting Materials - More Peaceful Now