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Overview of America in World War II - Chapter Summary
In this online history chapter, you'll review a handful of lessons that cover America's involvement in World War II. Starting with the attack on Pearl Harbor, our expert history instructors discuss the impact that America's involvement had on the war, as well as how the war affected the American society, government and economy. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Trace the beginnings of America's involvement in WWII
- Describe the effects of WWII on the American home front
- Explain how the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed WWII warfare
Our lessons come with short quizzes that are designed to reinforce your understanding of important WWII concepts. Submit questions to our experts if you need any extra help, and revisit the lessons as many times as needed. You'll be able to study online at any time or print out the accompanying lesson transcripts to review offline.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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