When Ned Begay hears that Navajos are being recruited for World War II, he jumps at the chance to join the Marine Corps, and finds himself brought into a secret program that uses Navajo language to send codes.
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The Trail of Tears is the name given to the forced relocation of Native American nations following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The removal included many members of tribes who did not wish to assimilate. Many Native Americans suffered from disease and exposure, and somewhere between 2,000-6,000 Cherokee died on the trail. The Trail of Tears Diary includes interviews that reveals the extraordinary resilience of the Native American nations during the trail.
In Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve’s short story “The Medicine Bag,” Martin’s grandpa visits him and passes down a medicine bag to him, an important object in their family.
In the informational text “Cracking Code Purple,” Anna Ouhchy discusses the discovery of cryptanalyst Genevieve Grotjan during World War II.
In the informational text “A Flag That Honors War Veterans,” Shawn E. Hanscom discusses the creation of the first Service Flag and what it represents.
In the informational text “The Bombing of Hiroshima,” Jessica McBirney describes the United States’ use of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
In Tupac Shakur’s “The Rose That Grew from Concrete,” the speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.
In the informational text “Army Code Talkers,” the author discusses how American Indian soldiers developed codes based on their native languages to be used in WWI and WWII.