The Korean War
By: Maryam, MJ, and Sydney
When Was the War and What Were the Causes?
The Korean War started on June 25, 1950. It was fought on the Korean Peninsula, then South Korea, and then North Korea. The war ended up being fought all over Korea. The war lasted for 3 years, ended in July 27, 1953. In North Korea there was 75,000 soldiers. One of the causes was the Cold War. It started when China became communist and the occupying powers between China and Korea. It is said that the fight on the Korean peninsula was a symbol of the global struggle between east and west, just like good and evil.
Even so, the North Korean invasion came as an alarming surprise to American officials. As far as they were concerned, this was not simply a border dispute between two unstable dictatorships on the other side of the globe. Instead, many feared it was the first step in a communist campaign to take over the world. For this reason, nonintervention was not considered an option by many top decision makers.
“If we let Korea down,” President Harry Truman (1884-1972) said, “the Soviet(s) will keep right on going and swallow up one (place) after another.” Unlike World War II and Vietnam, the Korean War did not get much media attention in the United States. The most famous representation of the war in popular culture is the television series “M*A*S*H,” which was set in a field hospital in South Korea. The series ran from 1972 until 1983, and its final episode was the most-watched in television history.