A.)Bertrand Russell was a political activist, philosopher, and mathematician. He lived in the UK during World War One and he wrote about how war was wrong and thought of alternatives to war. He was imprisoned for 6 months for speaking out, yet he never stopped sharing his views. B.)This is important to my personal life because it is important to me that people can speak out about their beliefs and I think that Russell should've been allowed to speak freely. C.)Something I still wonder is why exactly Russell was jailed. D.)It is interesting to me that Russell was jailed, considering he turned out to be an incredible man and won a nobel prize about 30 years later.
A.)Vera Brittain was a nurse during World War One. She was also a feminist and she wrote the "Testament of Youth" about her traumatic experiences during the war. The "Testament of Youth" was a best seller and described her poor working conditions, the wounds of men she treated, and the reality of the war. B.)This reminds me of muckrakers during the Progressive Era because muckrakers would research or experience an issue and then write an expose on it. Brittain basically did this with her situation during World War One. C.)Something I still wonder about Brittain is how the public reacted to her novel. Did opinions change? D.)The most interesting part about Brittain is that she was a woman who made a huge impact in the war. We mainly hear about male heroes, so hearing about a woman is exciting and intriguing.
A.)Mata Hari was an exotic dancer and a spy during World War One. She began spying to simply make a living for herself. The French hired her to spy on the Germans, and she seduced her way into German high command. However she started telling a German spy gossip for information in return, and the French thought she was a double agent. The French sentenced her to death. B.)This connects to me personally because one of my potential career fields is being in the FBI, which involves spying or things of the sort, so it is encouraging for me to see female spies in history. C.)Something I wonder about Mata Hari is why she wasn't more careful about her affiliations. Considering that she was a experienced spy, why wouldn't she cover her tracks? D.)It is very interesting to me is that Mata Hari was a woman, yet the French still hired and trusted her with important intel. This was a step for women in wars.