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America in World War II - Chapter Summary
This chapter makes it easy to grasp the basics of America in World War II. Use our bite-sized lessons to study the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese-American internment, the role of U.S. women in World War II, readjustment and recovery after the war and much more. Each lesson is paired with a short quiz you can take to find out how well you understand key concepts. Questions that arise while studying this chapter can be submitted to our experts via the Dashboard. Feel free to take the chapter exam to ensure you fully comprehend America in World War II and are ready and able to:
- Provide a description of the start of World War II
- Identify the Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII
- Discuss the expansion of U.S. military during World War II
- Describe the impact World War II had on America's economy, government and society
- Detail how World War II exposed racism against African Americans in the South
- Outline the origins, goals and impact of the Double V Campaign
- Summarize the D-Day invasion
- Share ways the use of an atomic weapon on Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed warfare during WWII
- Exhibit knowledge of diversity and population growth in the U.S. after WWII
1. World War II: The Start of the Second World War
Learn all about the start of World War II and why the League of Nations could not stop aggression by Italy, Germany and Japan in the 1930s, which led to the outbreak of this second global conflict.
2. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II
On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack against Allied possessions in the Pacific, including the American military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After decades of conflict between the two nations, the U.S. declared war.
3. The Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States entered WWII. Watch this video to learn about some of the key battles, as well as the general nature, of the Pacific theater of the war.
4. U.S. Military Expansion During World War II
In 1939, less than 200,000 soldiers were in the U.S. Army. By 1945, there were more than eight million. This lesson tells the story of the biggest military expansion, before and during World War II, in U.S. history.
5. The United States During WWII: The Home Front
When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, life changed almost overnight for those on the battle front and on the home front. Learn about the war's dramatic and lasting effects on American government, economy and society.
6. Racism Against African-Americans in World War II
World War II meant many things for African Americans. Changes would occur during and after the war that still has lasting effects for African Americans, and the U.S. In this lesson, we will discuss the various forms of racism African American soldiers faced during WWII.
7. The Double V Campaign in World War II: Origins, Goals & Impact
African Americans saw World War II (WWII) as an opportunity to advocate for massive changes in their rights and freedoms in the United States. African American leaders wanted to wage war on discrimination at home, and fascism abroad. In this lesson, we will take a look at the Double V Campaign and the impact it had on the United States during and after WWII.
8. 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.
9. The Role of U.S. Women in World War 2
Find out why U.S. women's involvement in World War II created different, professional roles that led to empowerment in today's society. Then, take the lesson quiz for a review!
10. The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi Germany
Operation Overlord, the invasion of Nazi-occupied Western Europe, began with the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, with Hitler's last stand taking place at the Battle of the Bulge. Learn about these and other events that contributed to the end of Nazi Germany.
11. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII
As America and its WWII allies considered invading Japan, the Manhattan Project successfully developed an atomic weapon. Its use on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, precipitated VJ Day, the end of the Pacific war, on August 14, 1945.
12. Readjustment & Recovery After WWII
World War II changed quite a lot in American society. In this lesson, we'll see how the United States attempted to adjust to all of this change, both at home and abroad.
13. Diversity & Population Growth in the United States After WWII
In this lesson we will look at diversity and population growth in the United States after World War II. We will learn about the 'baby boom' and consider how the American population has changed since 1945.
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Other chapters within the History 309: War & American Society course
- Introduction to War & American Society
- War & the American Colonies
- The American Revolutionary War
- America & the War of 1812
- American Conflicts & Wars Between 1820-1860
- The American Civil War Overview
- America & the Indian Wars
- America, War & Imperialism in the 1890s
- America in World War I
- America & the Cold War
- U.S. Conflicts & Wars Post-Cold War
- American Conflicts & Wars in the 21st Century
- Required Assignments for History 309