Ch 50: FTCE Social Science: The US in World War II

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Prepare for the U.S. history portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) Social Science exam using these video lessons and quizzes. You will have the opportunity to review major battles and diplomatic actions during the WWII era.

FTCE Social Science: The U.S. in World War II - Chapter Summary

While you might be familiar with many aspects of World War II, the lessons in this chapter are designed to take a closer look at some events and help you develop a deeper awareness of how and why the U.S. entered this confrontation. This review will help you answer questions about U.S. involvement in the war that you will encounter on the FTCE Social Science exam. After using our lessons, you should be more familiar with:

  • Explaining the causes of World War II
  • Detailing the attack on Pearl Harbor that marked the U.S.'s entrance into the war
  • Recounting Allied and Axis operations in Europe in the early years of the war
  • Discussing the impact of World War II on the U.S. government and economy
  • Illustrating the growing involvement of the U.S. and events leading to D-Day
  • Outlining the use of the atom bomb on Japan and the aftermath of these actions
  • Reviewing the lasting effects of diplomatic decisions during and following World War II

Each lesson contains a printable transcript of the video narrative that you can use as a handy reference tool. The timeline feature allows you to access specific parts of the lessons as needed. Self-assessment quizzes help you determine your readiness in taking the FTCE Social Science exam by offering practice questions utilizing the same multiple-choice format used on the actual test.

7 Lessons in Chapter 50: FTCE Social Science: The US in World War II
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World War II: The Start of the Second World War

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

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