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The essay instructions finally landed in front of me. I passed the extra sheets on and quickly glanced over the page, hoping that the prompt would be inspiring. There were two open-ended options from which to choose: military and social/political aspects of the war. My eyes first fell upon the social option and I pondered using this opportunity to shed light on the experiences of women during the war. I’d done this before – used assignments to explore history’s untold stories – and found it interesting. Then, in a fit of frustration that erupted out of nowhere, I thought to myself that I didn’t want to have to write about “women in [insert historical event typically told from a white male perspective]” again. After all, I’d never before received a prompt that allowed me to investigate the intricacies of military tactics during wartime. [excerpt]
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O'Donnell, Meghan E., "Whose Story? His-Story." (2016). SURGE. 271.