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The US in World War ll (1941-1945): Review - Chapter Summary
High school students need to read and understand a great deal of information both before they graduate and as they move on in college or the professional world. This chapter provides students with a review of WWII US history between 1941-1945.
Instead of an endless chapter of information, the chapter has been divided into short, individualized lessons. Students have the option to review all of the lessons in order, but they can also pick and choose lesson topics in which they need the most assistance. The chapter menu provides a list of all lessons available, and since each lesson is only focused on a single topic, students can easily find what they need. After completing this chapter, students will be ready to:
- Discuss the beginning of WWII
- Explain how the US began its involvement in the war
- Define anti-semitism and the Holocaust
- Talk about international politics and US diplomacy during WWII
- Give a detailed timeline of significant events including the D-Day Invasion
- Outline the Yalta Conference and the Potsdam Conference
1. World War II: The Start of the Second World War
Although the League of Nations was created following World War I with the primary goal of preventing future conflicts, the world was once again engaged in the Second World War within two decades of the first. Explore the factors leading to WWII, and examine key fascist, Axis leaders and Asia's roles in America's declaration of war.
2. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II
Although the United States was determined to avoid direct involvement in World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor changed America's stance and thrust the country into war. Learn what led to America's involvement in the Second World War, including Japan's rivalry with the United States and undeclared war, and the warning signs of the impending attack, and discover what happened in the attack and its effects.
3. The European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front & Fight for North Africa
World War II was the largest military conflict in history, involving multiple countries. Explore various important events from the war, from battles in both the eastern and western fronts of the European theater to the fight for North Africa.
4. The Holocaust: Antisemitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany
During the Holocaust, Nazis sought to create a 'master race' and began a genocidal program called the Final Solution to kill all Jewish people in Europe. Explore the Holocaust, antisemitism, Nazi Germany, Auschwitz, and the Final Solution.
5. The Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies
Japan sought domination of the Pacific theater during World War II. Dive deep into the Japanese strategy to win, and the Allied attempts to stop them, focusing on some of the most important battles of the Pacific.
6. The United States During WWII: The Home Front
World War II impacted all Americans, including those left behind who watched soldiers leave to fight on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific. Explore how the war impacted people in America, from the kinds of entertainment they enjoyed, to the government and economy, to the lasting social impacts of the war on American society.
7. The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi Germany
The end of Nazi Germany was catalyzed by WWII in 1942. Learn how Operation Overlord, D-Day, France's liberation, the Battle of the Bulge, and VE Day all contributed to the fall of Nazi Germany.
8. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States developed the atomic bomb through the secret Manhattan Project. Discover the events leading up to and monumental impact of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
9. The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II
The Yalta Conference involved planning the future of Europe and the Potsdam Conference involved planning the remake of Germany. Explore US diplomacy and international politics during World War II and the main points of both conferences.
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- The Road to Revolution (1700-1774)
- The American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
- The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800)
- The Virginia Dynasty (1801-1825)
- Jacksonian Democracy (1825 -- 1850)
- Manifest Destiny (1806-1855)
- The American Sectional Crisis (1850-1861)
- American Civil War (1861-1865): Review
- Reconstruction (1865-1877)
- Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900)
- Overview of the Progressive Era (1900-1917)
- American Imperialism (1890-1919)
- The Roaring Twenties (1920-1929)
- The Great Depression in America (1929-1940)
- The Post-War World (1946-1959): Review
- The Cold War (1950-1973): Review
- Protests, Activism and Civil Disobedience (1954-1973)
- The 1970s (1969-1979)
- The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992): Review
- The Dawn of the 21st Century in America: Review
- Writing History Research Papers
- Student Resources for High School US History
- Homeschool Resources for High School US History
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