Paired Texts > Jimmy Carter's Nobel Lecture
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In Mark Twain's "The War Prayer," a stranger visits a congregation praying for victory in war. In front of the entire congregation, this stranger outlines the cost on human life that this victory would entail. "The War Prayer" is Twain's scathing indictment on war and blind patriotism.Pair “The War Prayer” with “Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Lecture” and ask students to discuss how both texts portray war and the results of war. Why do the volunteers in “The War Prayer” want to go to war? How does this compare to Carter’s reasons for why countries engage in violence? How does the old man’s warning about war in “The War Prayer” compare to Carter’s sentiments?
In "Nelson Mandela's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture," Mandela accepts the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize and discusses his work ending South Africa's system of segregation.Pair “Nelson Mandela’s Nobel Peace Prize Lecture” with “Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Lecture” and ask students to discuss the different contributions that the two speakers have made in working toward a more peaceful world. How did Mandela and Carter challenge forms of injustice? What solutions do they propose to achieve peace? How are their causes related?
"The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" examines the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, moving from ancient history into the 21st century.Pair “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” with “Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Lecture” and ask students to discuss why Carter stated that “There is no other mandate whose implementation could more profoundly improve international relationships” in paragraph 9. How did the United States attempt to secure peace in the Middle East? Do the United States’ actions in “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” align with Carter’s expectations for the United States?