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Adams, Michael C. C. The Best War Ever: America and World War II. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994, pp. 1-19, 21-113, and 114-159.

Alcott, Louisa May. Hospital Sketches. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1960/1863.

Baudrillard, Jean. "The Gulf War Did Not Take Place." In The Gulf War Did Not Take Place. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1995, pp. 61-87.

Bourne, Randolph S. "The War and the Intellectuals" (1917). In War and the Intellectuals: Essays by Randolph S. Bourne, 1915-1919. Edited by Carl Resek. New York: Harper & Row, 1964, pp. 3-14.

Broyles, William, Jr. "Why Men Love War." Esquire 102, no. 5, November 1984, pp. 55-65.

Cohen v. California 403 U.S. 15 (1971).

Ensler, Eve. Necessary Targets: A Story of Women and War. New York: Villard, 2001.

Freidel, Frank. "Dissent in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection." In Dissent in Three American Wars by Samuel Eliot Morison, et al. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1970, pp. 65-95.

Gillette v. United States 401 U.S. 437 (1971).

Hennessey, Maureen Hart. "The Four Freedoms." In Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People, by Maureen Hart Hennessey, and Anne Knutson. Atlanta: High Museum of Art; Stockbridge, MA: Norman Rockwell Museum; New York: H.N. Abrams, 1999, pp. 95-103.

Hersey, John. Hiroshima. New York: Knopf, 1946.

Hirabayashi v. United States 320 U.S. 81 (1943). 

Irons, Peter. "Gordon Hirabayashi v. United States." In The Courage of Their Convictions: Sixteen Americans Who Fought Their Way to the Supreme Court. New York: Penguin, 1990, pp. 37-62.

James, William. "The Moral Equivalent of War" (1910). In Writings, 1902-1910. New York, Viking, 1987, pp. 1281-1293.

Johnson, Lyndon B. "Speech at Johns Hopkins University." (1965). In Vietnam Documents: American and Vietnamese Views of the War. Edited by George Katsiaficas. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1992, pp. 200-205.

Kerber, Linda K. No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship. New York: Hill and Wang, 1998, pp. 236-252, 261-267, and 278-302.

Kingston, Maxine Hong. "The Brother in Vietnam." In China Men. New York: Knopf, 1980, pp. 261-304.

Korematsu v. United States 323 U.S. 214 (1944).

Lincoln, Abraham. "House Divided Speech" (1858), "Letter to Horace Greeley" (1862), "Meditation on the Divine Will" (1862), "Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation" (1862), "Proclamation Suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus" (1862), "Address at Gettysburg" (1863), and "Second Inaugural Address" (1865). In Selected Speeches and Writings. New York: Vintage Books, 1992, pp. 131-139, 343-348, 405, and 449-450.

Lowell, Robert. "For the Union Dead." In Life Studies. New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1959, pp. 70-72.

McAlister, Melani. Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East, 1945-2000. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001, pp. 1-42, 125-234, and 235-265.

Minear, Richard H. Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel. New York: New Press, 1999.

Neely, Jr., Mark E. The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995.

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990/1939.

Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971, pp. 363-391.

Rehnquist, William H. All the Laws but One: Civil Liberties in Wartime. New York: Knopf, 1998, pp. 184-211.

Roosevelt, Theodore. "The Strenuous Life." In The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses. St. Clair Shores, MI: Scholarly Press, 1970/ 1902, pp. 1-21.

Twain, Mark. "Battle Hymn of the Republic (Brought Down to Date)" (1901), "As Regards Patriotism" (1901), and "The War Prayer" (1905). In Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays, 1891-1910. Edited by Louis J. Budd. New York: Viking Press, 1992, pp. 474-478 and 652-655.

United States v. Seeger 380 U.S. 163 (1965).

Walzer, Michael. "Terrorism." In Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations. 2nd ed. New York: Basic Books, 1992, pp. 197-206.

Walzer, Michael. "The Obligation to Die for the State" and "Conscientious Objection." In Obligations: Essays on Disobedience, War, and Citizenship. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1970, pp. 77-98 and 120-145.

Welsh v. United States 398 U.S. 333 (1970).

Westbrook, Robert B. "Fighting for the American Family: Private Interests and Political Obligations in World War II." In The Power of Culture: Critical Essays in American History. Edited by Richard Wightman Fox and T. J. Jackson Lears. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1993, pp. 195-221.

Westbrook, Robert B. "'I Want a Girl, Just Like the Girl that Married Harry James': American Women and the Problem of Political Obligation in World War II." American Quarterly 42, no. 4, December 1990, pp. 587-614.

Westbrook, Robert B. "In the Mirror of the Enemy: Japanese Political Culture and the Peculiarities of American Patriotism in World War II." In Bonds of Affection: Americans Define Their Patriotism. Edited by John Bodnar. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996, pp. 211-230.


All Quiet on the Western Front. 1930.

The Best Years of Our Lives. 1945.

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. 1988.

Full Metal Jacket. 1987.

Glory. 1990.

Three Kings. 1999.



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