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The United States & WWII - Chapter Summary
Easily craft your lesson plans on the United States and its role in WWII with help from this teacher resource chapter. Topics, including the start of the war, the Pearl Harbor attack and Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are presented here for you to turn into essay prompts, discussion questions and homework assignments. To give you confidence, all of our resources are written by expert instructors who understand how to effectively teach these subjects. The printable lesson transcripts highlight key concepts and vocabulary words and can easily be made into handouts and study guides.
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This chapter is designed to help you teach your students to achieve the following:
- Identify Franklin D. Roosevelt's foreign policy before WWII
- Outline the start of WWII
- Explain how Pearl Harbor initiated the American involvement in the war
- Discuss the home front in the U.S. during WWII
- Describe the history of Japanese-American internment
- Detail how the use of Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed warfare during WWII
- Explore U.S. diplomacy at the Yalta Conference and the Potsdam Conference
- Outline the significance and results of the Yalta Conference
1. Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policy Prior to World War II
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's foreign policy focused on moving the United States from isolation to intervention. Learn more about Roosevelt's foreign policy on the eve of the Second World War.
2. 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.
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.
4. 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.
5. Japanese-American Internment: Facts and History
The attack on Pearl Harbor unleashed a wave of fear and prejudice toward Japanese Americans. In this lesson, we'll learn how the government forced them into internment camps, what life in the camps was like, and how the internment affected the nation.
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.
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.
8. Yalta Conference: Definition, Significance & Results
In this lesson we will learn about the Yalta Conference, which took place toward the end of World War II. We will learn what took place at this conference, and we will identify its significance and the results that came from it. We will also explore other key themes and developments surrounding it.
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