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World War II

  • Despite efforts to follow an isolationist policy, Japan’s aggressive policy in Manchuria and Germany’s aggressive policy in Europe triggered the outbreak of WWII.
  • The policy of appeasement and the weak response from the League of Nations failed. Germany annexed Austria in 1938; France and Britain allowed Germany to annex the Sudetenland (Czechoslovakia) if Hitler pledged to seek no more territory; Hitler continued his march into Czechoslovakia toward Poland; in 1939, Hitler and Stalin signed a nonaggression pact; Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939; on September 3, Britain and France declared war.
  • The “cash and carry” policy put an end to the US arms embargo that stemmed from isolationist sentiment and it allowed the US to help the British yet appeared to keep the nation out of war in Europe
  • In March 1941, the Lend-Lease Act was passed to aid Britain; Atlantic Charter between U.S. and Britain was released: it called for economic collaboration, national self-determination, and political stability after the war.
  • Eventually, the bombing of Pearl Harbor forces the U.S. to enter the war on December, 7, 1941: “a date which will live in infamy”
  • Several laws were passed that bolstered U.S. efforts to prepare for a total war effort.
  • Civil rights concerns during the war: segregation in the military, segregation and discrimination in the U.S., “Double V” campaign, Zoot suit riots, relocation of Japanese Americans led to internment.
  • The war was fought mainly in two theatres: in Europe and in the Pacific (and in Africa as well).
  • After Germany’s last offensive in the Battle of the Bulge, the Allied forces moved in towards Berlin & Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945 & on May 7th, the US celebrated V-E (Victory in Europe) Day

World War II

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  1. Intro
    • Overview
      • Isolationist Foreign Policy of 1930s
      • The Nye Commission
      • Aggressive Militarism and Fascism Abroad
      • Nazi Germany
        • Aggressive Militarism and Fascism Abroad
        • Before U.S. Enter War
        • “Four Freedoms” by Norman Rockwell
          • Attack on Pearl Harbor
          • Organizing for Total War
          • Wartime Propaganda
            • We Can Do It!
            • Depression-Era Unemployment Disappeared
            • Internal Migration
              • Civil Rights Concerns
              • Double V and Civil Rights
                • Effects on Minorities
                • Japanese Internment
                • Map of Relocation Camps
                  • Manzanar Today
                    • Instructions Posters
                      • Major Military Events During WWII
                      • Pacific Theatre
                        • European Theatre
                          • European Theatre, VE Day
                            • The End of War in Europe
                            • The Holocaust
                            • In the Pacific
                            • Example 1
                              • Example 2
                                • Example 3
                                  • Example 4
                                    • Intro 0:00
                                    • Overview 0:05
                                    • Isolationist Foreign Policy of 1930s 1:13
                                      • The Washington Conference
                                      • Stimson Doctrine
                                      • Kellogg-Briand Pact
                                      • Good Neighbor Policy
                                      • The Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act
                                    • The Nye Commission 5:10
                                      • Investigation of the Munitions Industry
                                      • A Senate Committee
                                      • Non-Interventionist Movement
                                      • Neutrality Act
                                      • Quarantine Speech
                                    • Aggressive Militarism and Fascism Abroad 7:03
                                      • Treaty of Versailles
                                      • Lightening War
                                      • Withdrew from the League of Nations
                                      • Rome-Berlin Axis
                                    • Nazi Germany 11:18
                                    • Aggressive Militarism and Fascism Abroad 11:39
                                      • Ineffectiveness of League of Nations
                                      • Sinking of Panay
                                      • Appeasement
                                    • Before U.S. Enter War 14:49
                                      • Charles Beard
                                      • Four Essential Freedoms
                                      • Lend-Lease Act
                                      • The Atlantic Charter
                                    • “Four Freedoms” by Norman Rockwell 18:10
                                    • Attack on Pearl Harbor 18:35
                                      • The Bombing of Pearl Harbor
                                      • A Date Which Will Live in Infamy
                                    • Organizing for Total War 20:03
                                      • War Powers Act
                                      • War Production Board
                                      • Miracle Man
                                      • The Office of War Information
                                    • Wartime Propaganda 22:33
                                    • We Can Do It! 23:04
                                      • Large Scale Propaganda
                                      • Rosie the Riveter
                                    • Depression-Era Unemployment Disappeared 24:34
                                      • Unionized Jobs
                                      • Smith-Connally Labor Act
                                      • National War Labor Board
                                      • John Lewis
                                    • Internal Migration 25:42
                                    • Civil Rights Concerns 26:12
                                      • Negro Labor Relations League
                                      • Double V Campaign
                                      • A. Philip Randolph
                                      • League of United Latin American Citizens
                                    • Double V and Civil Rights 29:32
                                    • Effects on Minorities 29:57
                                      • The Status of Chinese Americans
                                      • Japanese immigrants
                                      • Zoot Suit
                                    • Japanese Internment 32:26
                                      • Executive order 9066
                                      • Korematsu v. United States
                                      • Ex Parte Endo Case
                                      • A Public Apology
                                    • Map of Relocation Camps 34:47
                                    • Manzanar Today 35:21
                                    • Instructions Posters 35:49
                                    • Major Military Events During WWII 36:09
                                      • Major Defeats on U.S. Forces
                                      • Battle of Coral Sea
                                      • Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
                                      • General Douglas MacArthur
                                      • D-Day Invasion
                                    • Pacific Theatre 38:15
                                    • European Theatre 39:25
                                    • European Theatre, VE Day 40:39
                                    • The End of War in Europe 41:46
                                      • Final Solution of the Jewish Question
                                      • A War Refuge Board
                                      • United Nations
                                    • The Holocaust 43:46
                                      • Mass Extermination of Jews
                                      • Genocide of 6 Million Jews
                                    • In the Pacific 45:36
                                      • Island Hopping
                                      • Navajo Troops
                                      • Heavy Causalities
                                      • The Manhattan Project
                                    • Example 1 47:50
                                    • Example 2 49:18
                                    • Example 3 51:00
                                    • Example 4 52:20