World War II
11th Grade World War II
Why Was the US on the Winning Side of World War II?

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Supporting Question 1- Why was the home front so important to the war front?
    
Technology Resources:

 
Ken Burns, video clip describing war production, “Wartown: War Production in America,” Ken Burn’s The War, Public Broadcasting Station, 2007http://www.pbs.org/thewar/detail_5382.htm. 

Image 1:  J. Howard Miller, poster featuring Rosie the Riveter, “We Can Do It,” Westinghouse, 1942 http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/powers_of_persuasion/its_a_womans_war_too/images_html/we_can_do_it.html
 

 
Image 2:  Jean Carll, poster featuring servicemen firing rifles, “Give ‘em Both Barrels,” United States Government Printing Office, 1941 https://images.northwestern.edu/multiresimages/inu:dil-4481ed9c-cd51-4485-b5a3-92ba6e709ce1
 

 
Image 3:  Liberman, poster of African-American and white men working together, “United We Stand,” United States Government Printing Office, 1943  https://images.northwestern.edu/multiresimages/inu:dil-612a23e9-155d-4cff-bd2b-1cfaa6259c5a
Author unknown, charts detailing the aircraft and tank production by different belligerents from WWII as well as U.S. production totals, “By the Numbers: Wartime Production,” National WWII Museum, no date http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-students/ww2-history/ww2-by-the-numbers/wartime-production.html
 

 
Supporting Question 2- What did the United States contribute to the Allies' victory in Europe?

Technology Resources:
 
 
Source A: Richard J. Evans, article describing factors that led to Germany’s decline, “Why Hitler's Grand Plan during the Second World War Collapsed,” The Guardian, 2009 . http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/sep/08/hitler-germany-campaign-collapsed
 
Source B: Author unknown, charts illustrating the number of lives lost by country, “WWII Deaths by Country,” National WWII Museum, no date http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-students/ww2-history/ww2-by-the-numbers/world-wide-deaths.html.
 

Source C: Ken Burns, video clip describing the D-Day offensive, “D-Day,” Ken Burn’s The War, Public Broadcasting Station, 2007 http://www.pbs.org/thewar/detail_5360.htm
 

Supporting Question 3- How did the United States win the war against Japan?

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Source B: Images detailing the pacific theater of WWII, “World War II: The Pacific Islands,” The Atlantic, 2011
Source C: Harry S. Truman, transcript of President Truman announcing the bombing of Hiroshima, August 6, 1945  Source: Harry S. Truman Library, "Army press notes," box 4, Papers of Eben A. Ayers. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/truman-hiroshima/