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- Assess Hitler's invasion of Poland, escalating tension with Japan and other events that led to the start of World War II.
- Get details on the attack on Pearl Harbor and America's entry into the war.
- Study the Eastern and Western fronts and the fight for North Africa.
- Learn about the Holocaust.
- Examine the war in the Pacific Ocean, including Japan's early advances.
- Describe life in America during the war.
- Review the D-Day Invasion and other events that led to Hitler's surrender.
- Describe the use of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- Evaluate the Yalta Conference and Potsdam Conference.
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.
10. Erie Canal: Definition, History & Facts
The westward expansion of the early 19th century created a need to open up the transport of goods and people to the west. The Erie Canal started off with little popularity, but it ended up being one of the most lucrative transportation waterways to exist. Read more about the history of this engineering marvel.
11. What Was Kristallnacht? - Definition, Facts, Date & Quotes
Parents put their kids to bed only to wake up to the sound of broken glass and the smell of fires being set. This happened during the horrific night of Kristallnacht. Read on to learn about this historical event and then test your knowledge with a quiz following the lesson.
12. Bystander Effect & The Holocaust
In this lesson, we will examine the bystander effect during the holocaust. We will learn what this phenomena is and find out how so many people could have allowed the atrocities of the holocaust to occur.
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