Desert Shield / Desert Storm (1990-1991)
Understanding the Persian Gulf War through Art
Grades: 6-8; 9-12
Historical Era: Post-Cold War and Desert Storm
Subject: U.S. History; World History
Introduction: This activator uses primary sources to introduce students to the experiences of Soldiers during the Persian Gulf War. Viewing artworks, such as those produced by Sergeant First Class (SFC) Peter G. Varisano during his time as a combat artist with the U.S. Army in Operation Desert Shield, provides students with a different picture of the conflict than is presented solely through textbooks, facts, and figures.
This activator can be used in conjunction with a unit on the post-Cold War era or be used to introduce the concept of using primary sources to understand historical events.
Lectures at the USAHEC
The USAHEC has several lecture series covering all eras and topics in military and U.S. Army history.