Unit VI - World War II

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This unit covers chapters 16-17 in The Americans.
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  • the different types of people who served in the U.S. military during WWII
  • key advances by Allied forces in North Africa and Italy
  • the major steps taken to force Germany's surrender, including the air war over Europe, D-Day, and the Battle of the Bulge
  • Conditions surrounding the final German surrender
  • the ways in which WWII served to magnify the problems of African Americans, both in the military and on the homefront

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  • the strategic importance of the island hopping campaign
  • the tactics involved in island hopping and the style of combat they involved
  • the actions take by the Japanese as they became more desperate in their defense (Iwo Jima, Okinawa, etc.)
  • the key factors involved in the decision to drop the Atomic Bomb

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  • the major ways the U.S. economy was changed to boost wartime production
  • the impact of the war on the American workforce, especially as it relates to unions and the role of women

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  • The ways that war shaped daily life on the homefront, especially as it relates to popular culture and support for the war
  • The ways that war changed the lives of women through employment
  • the specific challenges wartime life brought to women
  • the reasons for the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII, and the realities of the internment process for the internees

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Links to good collections of WWII images:
War in the Pacific
Military Collections at the National Archives
Military Photos at Footnote.com

We will take the WWII Test on February 12.

The test essay will ask you to discuss the contributions/sacrifices made by Americans in all the parts of WWII:  the war in Europe, the war in the Pacific, and the war on the Homefront.  Your essay will be stronger if you think of some ways to categorize and organize various types of contributions/sacrifices. Your basic task, then, is this: explain what Americans did to win victory in WWII.