World War II

World War II lecture material click on individaul links to view  material

Isolational to involvement /userfiles/251/Classes/33530/isolation%20to%20involvement.ppt

The European Theater /userfiles/251/Classes/33530/world%20war%20ii%20european%20theater%20notes%202013.pptx

The Pacific Theater /userfiles/251/Classes/33530/world%20war%20ii%20pacific%20theater%20notes.pdf

The Atomic Bomb /userfiles/251/Classes/33530/world%20war%20ii%20atomic%20bomb%20notes%202013.pptx

The Home Front /userfiles/251/Classes/33530/The%20Home%20Front-0.ppt

The Holocaust /userfiles/251/Classes/33530/the%20holocaust.ppt

 

View America The Story of Us; World War 2 Questions:

  1. Why did the U.S. avoid involvement in WWII until December 1941?
  2. Why was the Pearl Harbor attack such a shock to the U.S.?
  3.  A. Why was the invention of penicillin so important in the context of WWII?
  1. What were some other advances in medicine that were important during the war?
  1. A.  How were women affected by WWII?
  1. Do you think the war advanced the rights of women?
  1.  During WWII, the American armed forces were still segregated by race. Why do you think this issue became increasingly important during this era, leading to the desegregation of the Armed Forces a few years after the war?
  2. What were some of the arguments for and against using the atomic bomb?
  3.  Overall, what were the consequences of WWII for the United States? How was the U.S. changed by the war?

Recollections of a Japanese-American World War II Veteran

On loyalty:

“Japanese-Americans had to prove that they were loyal Americans because they had two battles to fight. One against the enemy in Europe and the Pacific, and the other against racial prejudice in the

United States…”

On Pearl Harbor:

“I felt very badly because the country of my parents would attack the United States. Here I’m an American citizen. I’m in uniform and I just wondered why would they do a thing like that and how would

I face my friends, my comrades in the Army,  that was my concern…”

On the interment camp:

“The morale of the relocation camp was low after being uprooted from their home and friends and placed in the middle of the desert. On top of that the camp was surrounded by barbed wire and it was guarded by armed soldiers. The camp life was regimented like the Army – you were assigned a number, you had to line up for mess, shower and toilet. And my family lost the control and as time went by they adjusted to camp life and they made the best of it.”

On the possibility of rejoining the Army:

“I just didn’t want to give up this chance to show my loyalties as an American citizen and serve my country. Even though I was discharged and evacuated and placed in a camp and treated as an enemy alien. I thought that by proving that I was a loyal American, the people outside, you know, they would have confidence in us and remove us from the camp – that was my aim.” (from Save Our History: The National World War II Memorial, an original documentary by The History Channel, 1999

 

1. What do you think were some of the reasons Ichiuji wanted to serve in the Army despite the prejudice he might have faced?

2. Why do you think Japanese Americans were interned in camps during WWII?

3. The U.S. government later apologized to Japanese Americans for these actions. Do you think a similar situation could happen in our world today?

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