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C26 America in a World at War

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Chapter 26. America in a World At War

World War 1 was supposed to be the War to End All Wars, but the terms of the Treaty of Versailles simply set Europe up for another conflict.  The rise of fascism and militarism pulled the world into war.  As much as the United States wanted to stay out of the conflict, Pearl Harbor sped up our inevitable declaration of war.  The brutal fighting in two theaters of war was finally ended with the atomic bombing of two Japanese cities.  World War 2 shifted the balance of power in the world and the United States and the Soviet Union end up as superpowers.


The specific focus of this unit will be on:

A. Fighting a multi-front war

B. Diplomacy, war aims, and wartime conferences

C. The United States as a global power in the Atomic Age 

D. Wartime mobilization of the economy 

E. Urban migration and demographic changes

F. Women, work, and family during the war

G. Civil liberties and civil rights during wartime

H. War and regional development

I. Expansion of government power 


Reading Assignments:

Tuesday - 3/6 RA How World War II Changed the Way Americans Ate ONLINE READING w/ Questions

  • Chapter 25 Reading Quiz & Chapter 25 Homework Due 

Wednesday - 3/7 RA War on Two Fronts pp. 704-709

Thursday -3/8 - RA American People in Wartime pp. 709-722

  • Course of the War

Friday-3/9 - RA Defeat of the Axis pp. 722-731

  • Homefront

Monday -3/12 RA The Decision to Use the Bomb.pdf  ONLINE READING w/ Questions

  • Chapter 26 Reading Quiz & Chapter 26 Homework Due 


Class Notes:

C26 WW2 Class Notes.pdf  


Textbook Chapter:

Ch. 26 Brinkley 14.pdf



Would you like to practice some of the vocabulary from this week's textbook chapter? Here is a quick link: 

Brinkley Chapter 26 vocab





Homework Assignments:

Part 1 - Terms: All terms should be underlined and identified in your textbook notes 

War on Two Fronts p. 704-709

1. Midway

2. Battle of Guadalcanal

3. Stalingrad

4. America and the Holocaust

5. Anti-Semitism

American People in Wartime pp. 709-722

6. Labor union gains during the war

7. Office of Price Administration [OPA] 

8. War Production Board 

9. Wartime technology (Radar, ULTRA, etc.)

10. FEPC

11. CORE 

12. Navajo "code-talkers”

13. Braceros 

14. "Zoot Suit" Riots 

15. Rosie the Riveter

16. Wartime Economy

17. Internment Camps

18. Korematsu v. US (1944)  

19. Dismantling the New Deal

Defeat of the Axis pp. 722-731

20. D-Day

21. Okinawa

22. J. Robert Oppenheimer

23. Hiroshima and Nagasaki 


Part 2 - Long Essay Question: Historical Reasoning Skill- Causation

Be sure to use at least three supporting details to support your argument in each body paragraph. 

  • ·         The United States decision to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima was a diplomatic measure calculated to intimidate the Soviet Union in the post-Second-War era rather than a strictly military measure designed to force Japan’s unconditional surrender. Evaluate this statement using your knowledge of the military and diplomatic history of the years 1939 through 1947.


Part 3 - Vocabulary: These words are from the chapter and will be used in context or need to be defined on the weekly chapter quiz. They should be defined on the bottom of the textbook notes.















Part 4 - World War 2 Show and Tell 

• Each student will be telling a story about what their families were doing during World War 2, how it affected them, if they fought, etc. You can bring in a school appropriate photograph or artifact from World War 2. 



Would you like to practice some of the vocabulary from this week's textbook chapter? Here is a quick link: 

Brinkley Chapter 26 vocab




WW2 Documentary about the American Homefront  

Homefront Video Guide.pdf

Homefront Video Guide.docx 

WW2 Documentary about the War in Europe and the Pacific

(Extra Credit- turn in the attached worksheet by Tuesday 3/13)

Civilians at War Video Guide.pdf

Civilians at War Video Guide.docx 




Dr. Seuss Went to War:  A Catalog of Political Cartoons        http://libraries.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dswenttowar/ 

Der Giftpilz- the Toadstool German propaganda for children - F. M. Cornford defines it as: "Propaganda is the art of very nearly deceiving one's friends without quite deceiving one's enemies."

Feldmeth Chart on the US involvement in WW2          http://faculty.polytechnic.org//gfeldmeth/chart.ww2.html

Feldmeth Chart on World War II Conferences & Treaties     http://faculty.polytechnic.org//gfeldmeth/ww2conferences.html




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