World War II

U.S. History 1900 - Present


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Mathew Pollock




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"The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one." --Albert Einstein

  "We Can Do It! - Rosie the Riveter" Poster



"WWII Mushroom Cloud" Poster




The World War II unit follows the chronological progression of history.  Precluding to WWII there was WWI and then an economic plummet of the U.S. market as well as the world market.  Treaties after WWI produced the environment in Europe that would give rise to Hitler and the start of WWII.  The economic down fall of the U.S. created the time known as the “Great Depression.”  With the combination of economic despair in the U.S. and WWI treaties that gutted Germany resulted in producing the Second World War.   

World War II was the stepping-stone into the 1950s, 1960, and proceeding to today.  The economic turn around of the market was a direct result of WWII.  The treaties carved up Eastern Europe and gave rise to a new form of war known as the “Cold War.”  WWII acts as a guide and prelude to history after the 1940s, and must be addressed if the U. S. History class wants to explain the history dealing with the decades following WWII.


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Students will be able to:

1.) describe the causes of WWII.

2.) recognize the weaknesses of the Versailles Treaty and its relation to the out break of WWII.

3.) identify the U.S. policy of isolationism toward Germany’s expansion.

4.) analyze the European policy of appeasement.

5.) explain why the U.S. declared war on Germany, Italy, and Japan.

6.) describe the U.S. mobilization and America’s war effort at home.

7.) discuss the significant battles of WWII.

8.) identify the role of the U.S. in the Allied Conferences of WWII.

9.) develop an understanding of the Holocaust.

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