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

Click on the links below -

  Teacher / Student Key: pages 127 - 144

WW II maps

History in Their Own Words:
FDR: America's Goals and Purpose in WW II
(The famous posters of the Four Freedoms
are also shown on this page.)
Historical photo sets

1.  The causes of World War II

2.  The Allied leaders and what they said  

3.  Major events / turning points of WW II

4.  The Lend-Lease Program

5.  The Holocaust

6.  The home front

7.  Race relations - African Americans, Japanese Americans

Famous American weapons of WW II  

History food feature
Food on the Home Front  (Read the introduction, then click on the poster and recipe images from the National WW II museum web site.  There are also links to pages on rationing and Victory Gardens.)
YouTube 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 WW II)

Manpower  (a short film produced by the American government during WW II.  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 WW II)

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 The National WW II Museum  This site has all kinds of good information, ideas for teaching, and 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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