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HiSET: The US in World War II (1941-1945) - Chapter Summary
The quick, fun videos in this chapter explain American involvement in and reaction to the second World War. Lessons explain:
- Events that sparked World War II
- Pearl Harbor and America's entry into the war
- Military operations in Europe and the Pacific
- The Holocaust
- Sentiments and efforts on the American home front
- D-Day and the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany
- Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the impact of the atomic bomb
- American diplomacy after the war
Video transcripts make it easy to find key terms, and our instructors are available to answer any questions you have as you work through the chapter. Short quizzes after each lesson let you practice using the information you've gained.
Objectives of the HiSET: The US in World War II (1941-1945) Chapter
History questions account for about 38% of your HiSET Social Studies test score. The lessons in this chapter help you prepare for the WW II topics you can expect to encounter as you take the test. The exam itself is 70 minutes long and is composed of 50 multiple-choice questions.
The multiple-choice quizzes in this chapter are formatted after questions from the actual HiSET exam. You can also use the self-assessment chapter exam to get real practice for your HiSET Social Studies test.
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 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.
4. The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany
The Holocaust was the persecution and mass murder of as many as 11 million people by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. Learn about the people they targeted, the progression of events leading up to the Final Solution and the end of the genocide in this lesson.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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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