Smedley Butler Worksheet for Grades 7 to 11

Subject: War and Peace, Business and War
Themes: Peace Makers Public Officials Economics and Business 20th Century
Age groups: Middle School High School Homeschooling
Resource type: Lesson Plans

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...great Common Core informational reading activity features a biography of the famous American Marine Smedley Butler, who served during the Boxer Rebellion, in Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, and in World War I.

The article reviews his incredible bravery in action before detailing his cynical view of American imperialism as described in his book "War is a Racket".

This is a great reading for connecting to modern wars and comparing the views of those opposed to wars because of the influence of big business. It also fits in perfectly with a unit on Imperialism, the Spanish-American War, or World War I.