• World War Two: Americans tried to stay out of foreign conflicts after the bloody events of WWI.  But for several reasons the USA could not avoid WW2.  And the war would impact the lives of all Americans.

                                               Based on Chapter 26 of the Textbook
    Class Notes
    Class Activities
    Essential Questions?
    What guided US foreign policy in the years preceeding World War Two?
    Describe the major foreign policy actions for the USA during the 1920s and the 1930s?
    How did FDR respond to the increasingly aggrssive actions of Germany, Japan, Spain, Italy and the Soviet Union (communist Russia) while Americans were struggling through the Great Depression?
    What drew the United States into World War Two?
    How did the War impact life in the United States?
    How did WW2 impact the lives of women, minorities, children?
    How were civil liberties limited during WW2?  Should our liberties be limited today?
    What factors lead to US victory in Europe?
    How was the war in the Pacific different then the European theatre?
    Did the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have more to do with the USSR (Soviet Union) or Japan?  Please Explain
    Key Content (Word Wall
    • 1930s Isolationism- US ignoring world events: focused on great depression and negative experiences of WWI
    • The League of Nations- ineffective: Can't control aggression by Japan, Italy and Germany
    • The Good Neighbor Policy- Latin America
    • Aggressor  (Axis) Nations- Japan, Italy and Germany
    • Appeasement of Hitler- Munich Conference after Hitler annexes Austria and the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia
    • The Neutrality Acts- 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939- US slowly becoming drawn into WW2
    • Lend Lease Act- Britain needs American help: FDR calls on America to be the "Arsenal for Democracy"
    • Bases for Destoyers Deal- FDR is preparing US for war
    • Selected Service Act- First peacetime draft (1940_
    • The Smith Act- against law to teach unamerican ideas
    • The Atlantic Charter- blueprint for eventual United Nations
    • The Quarantine Speech- Fireside chat about isolating agressors with embargos
    • The Arsenal for Democracy Speech- see neutrality act of 1939 and the lend- lease act
    • The Four Freedoms Speech- speech, religion, from fear, from want- (Norman Rockwell Paintings)
    • Pearl Harbor (Dec 7, 1941)- " The Day that will forever live in infamy!"- Japan attacks Pearl Harbor
    • A total war- rationing, black outs, bonds
    • Pacific and European Theatres
    • Allied Powers (US, Great Britain, the Soviet Union)
    • Executive Order 9066- mandatory internment of all Japanese- Americans on the West Coast
    • Korematsu v US- 9066 is challenged because of Habeas Corpus being denied but Supreme Court rules in favor of national security over civil liberties
    • Rosie the Riveter- women at work making war equipment
    • The Manhattan Project- building the atomic bomb
    • The Battle for Europe (North Africa, Itlay, Normandy)
    • Island Hopping (Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Okinawa)
    • The Final Solution (Hitler, Concentration Camps, Genocide)
    • The War Ends Hiroshima and Nagasaki
     Pearl Harbor
     Hacksaw Ridge
     Saving Private Ryan
     Red Tails
     The Tuskegee Airmen
     Memphis Belle 
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