Ch. 24: World War II

Essential Questions      

        Why did the war become a world war?
        How did WWII change America's role in world affairs?
        How was WWII different than other wars?
        What were the causes of WWII?
        What caused American to join the war?
        Who were the allied and axis powers?
        What happened at Pearl Harbor?
        How did the US prepare for war?
        What was life like on the American home front?
        What happened on D-Day?
        How did the US and its allies win the war?


The Eyewitness to the War

Historians use primary sources to help reconstruct a story. YOu can explore the primary sources of WWII at PBS' companion website for "The War." This website includes diaries, videos, letter, interviews, propaganda posters, timelines, biographies of civilians and soldiers, and maps. As you explore you will come to learn, like makers of the film, that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.


You Go Girl!

The War Advertising Council's Women in War Jobs campaign is the most successful advertising recruitment campaign in American history. Rosie the Riveter, a fictional character immortalized by posters supporting the war effort and a wartime song of the same name, helped to recruit more than two million women into the workforce. Learn more about Rosie at this website. Follow a woman of the war to work at this interactive website.



Learn about the Second World War by using these animated maps and investigations containing original documents, film, photographs 
and audio.

The Seuss Was Loose in World War Deuce

Yes indeed, the facts are true. Dr. Seuss fought in WWII. Not as a soldier earning a purple heart, but using his weapon, his weapon of art.  The good Dr. Seuss would draw all about, he'd draw everything and leave nothing out. Appeasement, Isolationism, and Self Determination too, Hitler, and Hirohito, just to name a few. The following you'll see are some of the best, remember our discussion, these cartoons may appear on the test!! click here


Power of Persuasion 

As we learned during our study of World War I, propaganda was a weapon that was used to persuade the public into certain beliefs and behaviors. It too would be a highly used weapon during World War II by all parties involved, the U.S. Great Britain, France, and Germany. 

Evaluate some for yourself. 
take a look


WWII in Color        

Witness World War II through rare color film, and read letters from a nation redefining itself. Learn more about the atomic bomb, the psychology of war, and the home front while you watch the videos and examine photographs from battlefields and factories. Start here...


The War At Home

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing 2,403 Americans. The next day President Franklin Delano Roosevely asked Congress to declare war on Japan. Overnight, life for Americans changed. Explore the following website that delves into American home life during the war. Read about a young Japanese American who was forced onto a relocation camp. Explore a 1940's living room and and kitchen. Follow women as they go to work. We will use this website in class when we complete a webquest.

Hiroshima - Atomic Bomb - BBC Documentary

This video is a reenactment using special effects. However, it shows us the power of nuclear warfare. It offers a glimpse at what the innocent people of Hiroshima may have experienced when the bomb was detonated.


aneyewitness account of a survivor of the

bombing of Hiroshima here...