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Ch 17: McDougal Littell The Americans Chapter 17: The United States in WWII

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The United States in WWII chapter of this McDougal Littell The Americans textbook companion course helps students learn the essential American history lessons of the United States in World War II. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the United States in WWII textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in the McDougal Littell The Americans The United States in WWII 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:

  • Military expansion
  • Life in the United States during World War II
  • The European Theater of WWII
  • The D-Day invasion
  • The Battle of Berlin
  • The Pacific Ocean Theatre of WWII
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • The Yalta Conference and Potsdam Conference
  • Economic and political reconstruction in Europe after World War II
  • Independence movements around the world after World War II
  • Post-WWII economics
  • Social tensions after the war

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11 Lessons in Chapter 17: McDougal Littell The Americans Chapter 17: The United States in WWII
The United States During WWII: The Home Front

1. 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 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.

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

3. 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.

Victory in Europe: The Battle of Berlin & the Downfall of the Nazi Regime

4. Victory in Europe: The Battle of Berlin & the Downfall of the Nazi Regime

In this lesson, we learn about the Battle of Berlin and the end of Germany's Nazi regime. We will place this event in historical context and we will understand its importance.

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

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.

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.

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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Trench Warfare During WWI: Definition, Facts & Conditions

11. Trench Warfare During WWI: Definition, Facts & Conditions

The following lesson will cover a method of ground fighting that occurred mainly in World War I called trench warfare. The lesson is followed by a quiz that will test your understanding.

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