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  • Georgia's Voice in Congress: Carl Vinson

    Carl Vinson was sworn into Congress in 1914 at the age of 31 and would serve a record 25 consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives - a total of more than 50 years. A fierce advocate for the military, he was proficient in getting bills through Congress. His insistence that America had to be prepared, even during the Cold War, enabled the armed forces to maintain their status of strength and readiness.

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    Discuss

    1. Explain the purpose of the Washington Treaty of 1922 and the London Treaty of 1930.

    2. Carl Vinson was a major advocate for strengthening the United States military. At the end of 2016, the United States spent more money on its military than the next eight countries combined. Should the US continue to spend billions of dollars to expand and strengthen its military? Explain your answer.

    Expansion

    1. Carl Vinson said that, “The most expensive thing in the world is a cheap Army and Navy.” The video mentioned the support Vinson gave to building up the military. Explain how Vinson’s achievements in getting bills passed to support our armed forces supports this quote.

    Vocabulary

    aviation: the business or practice of flying airplanes, helicopters, etc.
    consecutive: following one after the other in a series : following each other without interruption
    complacent: a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better
    loom: (of an event regarded as threatening) seems about to happen
    country bumpkin: slang term for an unsophisticated person from the rural area of a particular country

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    Discussion Guide

    1. Explain the purpose of the Washington Treaty of 1922 and the London Treaty of 1930. 
    Both treaties were designed to limit the construction of naval ships and the size of a country's Navy in order to prevent an armed race among world powers. 

    2. Carl Vinson was a major advocate for strengthening the United States military. At the end of 2016, the United States spent more money on its military than the next eight countries combined. Should the US continue to spend billions of dollars to expand and strengthen its military? Explain your answer.
    Students answers will vary. 

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