These family photos of my parents and brother Michael are part of both my personal history and our nation's history
World II: SOL USII.7 a-c
For the United States, WWII or "The Big One", started on December 7, 1941 with the Japanese bombing of the US naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We will explore the involvement of the United States in this second war which starts in Europe but soon spreads to Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America - 70 countries in all.
This is the war that shaped my parents and your grand and great-grandparents, and ultimately, you and I. This is the war that led to the creation of NATO and the UN, that led to the first and only use of an atomic bomb, and that resulted in the US becoming a Superpower.
"World War II cost the United States a million causalities and nearly 400,000 deaths. In both domestic and foreign affairs, its consequences were far-reaching. It ended the Depression, brought millions of married women into the workforce, initiated sweeping changes in the lives of the nation's minority groups, and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life. " - From Digital History
In the coming weeks we will be answering these questions about WWII from the VDOE Curriculum Framework:
- How did post-World War I Europe set the stage for World War II?
- How did the rise of fascism affect world events following World War I?
- How did American policy toward events in Europe and Asia change over time?
- What were the major events and turning points of WWII?
- What was the Holocaust?
- How did Americans at home support the war?
- What effect did the war have on race relations in America?
To help you understand World War II, please make use of the links below to take you directly to WWII information.
and our good old standby: SOLPass for a ton of ways to review.
The following graphic organizer was developed for a class I took on integrating technology and history. The subject is the Holocaust and is not meant to be inclusive of all the factors that went into this period of History - just as an example of one way to analyze a period in time.