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The year is 1947. India is about to become one of the first 20th century British colonies to achieve independence. South Asia is vibrant with excitement. What should post-colonial India look like? Who should rule? Can this be a peaceful transition to self-governance?

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Main Historical Question: What caused Indian independence?

Role-Play Debate Question: After independence, what kind of country should India become? Should all of South Asia remain unified or should there be a partition between Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan?

Your Task:

Using details from all of the sources you looked at (and citing where appropriate), write a diary or letter (to another character) about what you saw and experienced.

  • What happened?

  • What did you see? do? hear? smell?

  • What emotions did it evoke in you?

  • Why was this day important for you and for India?

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Source:  HISTORY.COM

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GANDHI MOVIE: FATHER OF THE NATION

Clip length: 2:21

DECOLONIZATION

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Length: 9:17

 

Recommended viewing times: entire video

Primary Source: NYTimes article from 1947

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A map that shows the layout of Jewish populations in Europe in 1933.

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India independent newspaper.jpg
END OF OLD REGIMES

Source: OER World History Project

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NY TIMES ARTICLE: 1947
LIFE AND TIMES OF LORD MOUNTBATTEN

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 The word antisemitism means prejudice against or hatred of Jews. The Holocaust, the state-sponsored persecution and murder of European Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945, is history’s most extreme example of antisemitism.

Guiding Questions:

  • What were pogroms and how did they reflect antisemitism?

  • How was antisemitism in Germany more connected to racism than religion?

  • What were two lies or false rumors often spread by 19th century antisemitic leaders?

Role-Play Debate Question: After independence, what kind of country should India become? Should all of South Asia remain unified or should there be a partition between Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan?

Your Task:

Using details from all of the sources you looked at (and citing where appropriate), write a diary or letter (to another character) about what you saw and experienced.

  • What happened?

  • What did you see? do? hear? smell?

  • What emotions did it evoke in you?

  • Why was this day important for you and for India?

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