Unit 10: World War II
Frameworks for America's Past

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Teacher Key - for Unit 10

Maps - for Unit 10
Historical photo sets

1.  The causes of World War II

2.  The Allied leaders and what they said  

3.  Major events / turning points of WWII

4.  The Lend-Lease Program

5.  The Holocaust

6.  The home front

7.  Race relations - African Americans, Japanese Americans

Famous American weapons of WWII  
History food feature
Victory Gardens  (Americans started millions of home gardens to grow food to help their families and the war effort.)
Exploring further
From primary sources:
FDR: America's Goals and Purpose in WWII
The famous posters of the Four Freedoms are also shown.
Videos and
Internet sites

Students: Check with your parents for permission before visiting Internet links.
Hitler rises in Germany - segment from The Century: America's Time - Stormy Weather (2 of 3).  Watch from 5:10 to 9:50.

World War II begins - segment from The Century: America's Time - Over the Edge (3 of 3).  Watch from 7:00 to 14:05

Battle of Britain - segment from The Century: America's Time - Civilians at War (1 of 3).  Watch from 0:48 to 3:15.

Japan attacks Pearl Harbor - segment from The Century: America's Time - Homefront (1 of 3).  Watch from 0:45 to 3:40. 

Americans united for the war effort - segment from The Century: America's Time - Homefront (1 of 3).  Watch from 4:51 to 14:17.

From D-Day to victory - segment from The Century: America's Time - Homefront (3 of 3).  Watch from 0:28 to 14:05

Churchill declares Britain will fight (1940)  (a re-enactment of part of the famous speech by British leader Winston Churchill.  Poland, France, Holland, and many other countries of Europe had fallen, and Churchill knew that Britain would be attacked next.)

The Lend-Lease program  (a short clip from a film produced by the American government during WWII)

Manpower  (a short film produced by the American government during WWII.  It explains how the government was encouraging more workers, including African Americans and women, to take jobs in factories and shipyards.  Watch from 3:14 to the end.)

Japanese relocation / internment camps  (a short film made by the U.S. government to explain the relocation of Japanese Americans on the West Coast to internment camps during WWII)

African American Colleges in War Time  (a video from a film produced by the U.S. government during the war.  It explains how historically black colleges - known as Negro Colleges at that time - responded to help the war effort)

The Holocaust Memorial Museum   (the web site for the museum in Washington, D.C.)
Mainly for teachers America: The Story of Us TV mini-series, Episode 10, "WWII," has good video segments, including the attack on Pearl Harbor, women in the war factories, D-Day, and the end of the war.  This widely praised production originally ran on the History Channel.  Less than $20 on Amazon for the 3 DVD set.

The National WWII Museum Collection of Artifacts  A great online collection that can be used to make interesting classroom activities.

What is an American?  This famous speech by Harold Ickes in 1941 called on Americans to remember their values and to take action against the dictators.  He declared that the conflict was not an ordinary war over territory, but "a desperate struggle for the possession of the souls of men."

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