Jerky Turkey, 1945

This homefront cartoon short released in 1945 plays on several themes that would offer a great discussion in class.

Sometimes it is just fun to show students something outside of the box in order to get them engaged.

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Wartime Nutrition, 1943

This film was made by the U.S. Office of War Information in 1943 and it highlights the importance of rationing as well as eating properly.

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WWII Dr. Seuss cartoon

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Dr. Seuss was a true American treasure. As teachers we are very lucky that most students are familiar with his work, because it gives them a higher level of comfort when examining his political cartoons.

We have included this cartoon which is a commentary on segregation in war industries at the beginning of the war.

Here are questions and answers ready for your classroom use.

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WWII color photographs


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Many of us are familiar with images of WWII in black and white.

LIFE magazine photographer Frank Scherschel was in Western Europe before, during and after the invasion in Normandy. The shots he took have now been restored in color and offer a glimpse into life during this critical period in world history.

We have compiled these images for your use in a PDF document.

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WWII women on the American homefront

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Most of us are familiar with the “Rosie the Riveter” poster and other images of women working in factories during WWII.

The US Women’s Bureau has a wealth of black and white photos capturing women taking over the jobs left behind during the war years.

We have included nine photos that are high resolution and show a variety of women in various jobs that are ready for your classroom use.

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Causes of World War II

Major Causes Of WWII

This graphic from our World History World War II PowerPoint breaks down the major causes of the conflict. For a printable version click here.

We suggest using this as a starting point for researching each cause in greater detail either as a group or individual activity. Groups could present to the class as a whole and individuals could create a PowerPoint, news article, or other creative product describing the major causes of WWII.

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Pearl Harbor film

This Castle Film was shot after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It begins with a helpful map of the harbor’s location and shows the devastation on the seaplane base, destroyer USS Shaw, battleship USS Utah and the USS Arizona.

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Film Collection, 1940s:  Historic Film Collection, Part 3

Appeasement cartoon by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss was an American treasure for all of his amazing contributions throughout his prolific life.

His political cartoons during WWII provide a wonderful opportunity for students to analyze obvious images in order to decipher the messages.

We have included a copy of this cartoon along with questions and answers.

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WWII Eastern Front newsreel, 1941

This 1941 newsreel has 3 segments: “Nazis war on Russia, Soviet ambassador speaks, and US stars back war loans”.

The 4 minute format allows for a quick view on any given day during a unit on WWII. The footage gives the viewer a sense of battle conditions and even shows parachuters jumping off of plane wings.

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Cold War cartoon on Iron Curtain

The Cold War is rich with symbols that help students truly understand the conflict. This cartoon is no exception.

Published in 1947 in the wake of Soviet involvement in Greece and Turkey, Jay “Ding” Darling captures the feelings of the hopelessness ahead in resolving issues with communist Russia.

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