Ch 17: America and the Second World War: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The America and the Second World War chapter of this Middle School US History Help and Review course is the simplest way to master America and World War II history. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of America and the Second World War.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering middle school US history will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding the attack on Pearl Harbor or domestic politics during World War II
  • Need an efficient way to learn about America and the Second World War
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers
  • Missed class time and need to catch up
  • Can't access extra US history learning resources at school

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the America and the Second World War chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the America and the Second World War chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any America and World War II question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:

  • Were there warning signs before the attack on Pearl Harbor?
  • Who were the targets of the Holocaust?
  • What were some of the key battles of the Pacific Ocean Theater?
  • What domestic politics were at play during World War II?
  • What was life like in Japanese internment camps?
  • How did the atomic bomb change warfare during World War II?
  • How did the Yalta and Potsdam conferences shape the post-war world?

12 Lessons in Chapter 17: America and the Second World War: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
World War II: The Start of the Second World War

1. World War II: The Start of the Second World War

Although the League of Nations was created following World War I with the primary goal of preventing future conflicts, the world was once again engaged in the Second World War within two decades of the first. Explore the factors leading to WWII, and examine key fascist, Axis leaders and Asia's roles in America's declaration of war.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

2. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

Although the United States was determined to avoid direct involvement in World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor changed America's stance and thrust the country into war. Learn what led to America's involvement in the Second World War, including Japan's rivalry with the United States and undeclared war, and the warning signs of the impending attack, and discover what happened in the attack and its effects.

The European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front & Fight for North Africa

3. The European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front & Fight for North Africa

World War II was the largest military conflict in history, involving multiple countries. Explore various important events from the war, from battles in both the eastern and western fronts of the European theater to the fight for North Africa.

The Holocaust: Antisemitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

4. The Holocaust: Antisemitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

During the Holocaust, Nazis sought to create a 'master race' and began a genocidal program called the Final Solution to kill all Jewish people in Europe. Explore the Holocaust, antisemitism, Nazi Germany, Auschwitz, and the Final Solution.

The Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies

5. The Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies

Japan sought domination of the Pacific theater during World War II. Dive deep into the Japanese strategy to win, and the Allied attempts to stop them, focusing on some of the most important battles of the Pacific.

Battle of the Coral Sea: Facts & Summary

6. Battle of the Coral Sea: Facts & Summary

The Battle of the Coral Sea was a unique seafaring battle between the Allies and Japan during World War II. In this lesson, discover the order of this important skirmish and its role in WWII.

The United States During WWII: The Home Front

7. The United States During WWII: The Home Front

World War II impacted all Americans, including those left behind who watched soldiers leave to fight on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific. Explore how the war impacted people in America, from the kinds of entertainment they enjoyed, to the government and economy, to the lasting social impacts of the war on American society.

Domestic Politics During World War II: The Election of 1940

8. Domestic Politics During World War II: The Election of 1940

Domestic politics would determine how the US would respond to World War II. Learn about isolationist vs. interventionist beliefs and the impact of the presidential election of 1940 between Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie.

Domestic Politics During World War II: The War Years (1941-1945)

9. Domestic Politics During World War II: The War Years (1941-1945)

During the years of World War II, politicians in the United States faced challenges. Discover how Roosevelt's third-term agenda focused on the U.S. remaining isolationists, and how that strategy changed after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Explore how the subsequent election led to the presidency of Harry S. Truman.

Japanese American Internment: Facts and History

10. Japanese American Internment: Facts and History

The attack on Pearl Harbor unleashed a wave of fear and prejudice toward Japanese Americans. In this lesson, we'll learn how the government forced them into internment camps, what life in the camps was like, and how the internment affected the nation.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII

11. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States developed the atomic bomb through the secret Manhattan Project. Discover the events leading up to and monumental impact of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

12. The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

The Yalta Conference involved planning the future of Europe and the Potsdam Conference involved planning the remake of Germany. Explore US diplomacy and international politics during World War II and the main points of both conferences.

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