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WWI, the Great Depression & WWII - Chapter Summary
Use this resource to learn about key figures and events of both world wars and what led to the economic downturn resulting in the Great Depression. Get information about how the wars started and ended and the effects of these conflicts.
You'll find lessons devoted to the Treaty of Versailles, Pearl Harbor, the New Deal and other historic conferences, meetings and battles. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe the causes and effects of WWI
- Discuss the impact of American involvement in WWI
- Provide information about the peace talks and treaty leading to the end of WWI
- Talk about what led to the Great Depression and the impact of this event
- Give facts about the early impact of the New Deal
- Detail how WWII started and the attack on Pearl Harbor
- Understand details about the conferences that shaped the post-WWII era
Short, 5- to 10-minute lessons, presented in either video or text format, can be accessed at all times, from any device. You can easily create flexible study schedules and print lesson transcripts to produce quick-reference materials. Track your progress on your handy Dashboard and take self-assessment quizzes in each lesson to measure what you've learned as you move through this chapter.
1. World War I: Causes, Characteristics & Effects
In this lesson, we will identify the causes, characteristics, and effects of World War I. We will highlight key figures, events, and developments that relate to these aspects of World War I.
2. American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry
As much as the U.S. wanted to stay neutral during World War I, it proved impossible. This meant the U.S. had to raise the forces and money to wage war. Find out how Americans played their part in WWI in this lesson.
3. The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I
In this lesson, we will learn about the end of World War I and the Peace of Paris. We will learn what events transpired to bring about the end of the war and what provisions were laid forth in the Treaty of Versailles.
4. The Great Depression: Timeline, Causes & Impact
In this lesson, we explore the Great Depression and the economic trends and practices that caused the greatest economic meltdown in the history of the world.
5. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days
President Franklin Roosevelt's first New Deal program represented an aggressive legislative campaign to relieve American suffering and end the Great Depression. Learn more about the first 100 days of the New Deal.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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