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Ch 8: STAAR US History: World War II

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As part of your studies for the STAAR US History test, complete these lessons and their assessments to study the causes of World War II, the events of the war, domestic and foreign policy during the war and the war's impact.

STAAR US History: World War II - Chapter Summary

These lessons have been composed to help students like you study the causes and effects of World War II. After these lessons, you should have a better understanding of:

  • Events that built up to the outbreak of a second world conflict
  • The Holocaust
  • Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the US entry into WWII
  • US domestic politics during the war and the war's impact on the home front
  • Military operations in Europe and Africa during WWII
  • Battles in the Pacific Theater
  • The D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge
  • How the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought about the surrender of Japan

Use the short quizzes to discover topics from the lesson you don't understand, and then use the video tags to go back to those topics to reinforce your knowledge. Assess your overall understanding of the material by completing the practice chapter exam. If you have any questions about the chapter material, use the 'teacher' tabs of the lessons to ask for assistance.

10 Lessons in Chapter 8: STAAR US History: 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 Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

2. 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.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

3. 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.

Domestic Politics During World War II: The War Years (1941-1945)

4. Domestic Politics During World War II: The War Years (1941-1945)

Even during wartime, democracy continues. In this lesson, we'll learn how politics affected President Roosevelt's war policies and about the 1944 election and its implications for the post-war world.

U.S. Military Expansion During World War II

5. 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.

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

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

7. 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

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.

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

9. 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.

The United States During WWII: The Home Front

10. 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.

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