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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a World War II unit of a standard high school U.S. history course. Topics covered include:
- The start of World War II
- The attack on Pearl Harbor
- The European theater in World War II
- Anti-semitism and genocide in Nazi Germany
- The Pacific Ocean theater of World War II
- Life in the U.S. during World War II
- The D-Day invasion and the lead-up to Germany's surrender
- Effects of the atomic bomb on warfare during World War II
- The Yalta Conference and the 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. The Bombing of Hiroshima: Facts & Aftermath
The use of an atomic weapon on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in August 1945 hastened the end World War II. In this lesson, we'll explore the factors that influenced America's decision to use the atomic bomb, as well the consequences of its use.
11. What is Morse Code? - Definition, Alphabet & History
Morse code is a communication tool using symbols and transmitted via telegraph. Used both locally and internationally, it is both efficient and simple. Learn its history and development in this lesson, and take a short quiz at the end.
12. The Changing Roles of U.S. Women After World Wars 1 & 2
The role that women played in American society changed following the First and Second World Wars. Women played a strategic role in each war, but also a gradual inclusiveness in public life.
13. The Battle of Okinawa: Summary & Facts
The Battle of Okinawa was the largest and deadliest campaign in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Learn about this culminating and crucial battle and some of its key facts in this lesson.
14. World War II: Summary & Timeline
World War II was a total war between the Allies and the Axis powers. The violent battle between massive armies and larger-than-life figures like Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler was no less than a war for the future of humanity.
15. William Wild Bill Donovan: Biography & Patton
The Central Intelligence Agency has long been the focus of many government rumors and conspiracies. One of those involves the assassination of World War II hero George Patton, supposedly ordered by CIA forerunner William Donovan.
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