Ch 12: Chapter 12: America and World War II (1941 - 1945)

About This Chapter

The America and World War II chapter of this Glencoe U.S. History Textbook Companion course helps students learn the essential history lessons of World War II. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the America and World War II textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in Glencoe U.S. History's America and World War II chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the World War II topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • WWII's Pacific Ocean Theater
  • WWII's European Theater
  • WWII's impact on American and European life
  • The U.S. home front during WWII
  • Hitler's Third Reich
  • The D-Day invasion
  • The atomic bomb's impact on warfare
  • The Potsdam Conference and the Yalta Conference
  • Post-war economic reconstruction in Europe
  • European political reconstruction after WWII
  • Post-war independence movements

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12 Lessons in Chapter 12: Chapter 12: America and World War II (1941 - 1945)
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The Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies

1. 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.

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

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

Hitler and Nazi Germany dominated the European fields of battle early in WWII. This lesson is an overview of key military operations between 1939 and 1943 in Europe on both the Eastern and Western fronts.

How World War II Impacted American & European Society

3. How World War II Impacted American & European Society

In this lesson, you'll learn about the impact World War II on American and European society. We'll explore the notable social changes and trends brought about by the war.

The United States During WWII: The Home Front

4. 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.

Hitler's Third Reich: Rise to Power, History & Collapse

5. Hitler's Third Reich: Rise to Power, History & Collapse

In this lesson, we explore the rise of Hitler's Third Reich, its domination of German society in the 1930s, and the world war it began which eventually led to its downfall.

The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi Germany

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

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

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

Throughout the course of WWII, leaders of many Allied nations met many times to discuss strategy. Then, near the end of the war, two historic conferences shaped the post-war world.

Economic Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: Recovery Programs & Their Effect

9. Economic Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: Recovery Programs & Their Effect

In this lesson, we explore the measures taken by the United States to aid its European allies in combating the severe economic depression in Europe immediately after World War II.

Political Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: History & Impact

10. Political Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: History & Impact

In this lesson, we explore the political reconstruction of Europe in the years immediately following World War II and the splitting of Europe between capitalist and communist states.

Post-WWII Independence Movements Around the World: History & Examples

11. Post-WWII Independence Movements Around the World: History & Examples

In this lesson, we explore the diverse and varied experience of decolonization in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa after World War II when Western Europe began to withdraw its claims to far away territory and colonies.

U.S. Military Expansion During World War II

12. 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.

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