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 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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Interview a Veteran

One of our favorite assignments is to interview people about their life experiences, especially if they lived through a significant event.

The best way to find a local veteran is to contact the VFW.

Over the years we have created our own questions, however the Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project has a wonderful resource that is available for your classroom use.  Click here to access the page with questions.

We appreciate all of the sacrifices that veterans have made for our nation and the world.

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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World War II homefront images

The Office of War Information, created in the US during WWII, was an agency designed to aid in the war effort on the homefront.

Among other things, they employed civilians, especially women, to build items needed; these photos show B-52 bombers being constructed.

These particular images were taken by Alfred Palmer between 1940-43 from several plants in California and Texas.

We have gathered close to 20 images and put them into a PDF to use in your classroom.

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Wings For This Man, WWII film

Narrated by Ronald Reagan, this film highlights the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII.

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Guest Post: The Changing Role of Women during WWII

When discussing the changing role of women in the U.S. in a social studies or history class, it’s important to thoroughly explain the catalysts for these changes that predate the social movements of the 1960s. Among them is the women’s suffrage movement leading to a woman’s right to vote in 1920. Another prime example, of course, was the necessity of women taking up men’s work in the 1940s during World War II, when most able-bodied men were called to war leaving thousands of job vacancies in their wake. The circumstances of World War II forced women out of a traditional subordinate role as homemakers and stay-at-home mothers and into traditional man’s work in factories and in the war industry building ships, aircraft, vehicles and weaponry.

An excellent video available on YouTube chronicles the changing role of women during WWII. After showing this video to your class, you can ask the following discussion questions:

Q: From the Great Depression up until WWII, what was the primary role of women in society?

A: A woman’s work was mostly in the home, where she was responsible for cooking, cleaning and raising the children. Women did not frequently work outside the home.

Q: When was the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and what was its relevance to WWII?

A: December 7, 1941. The attack induced the U.S. to declare war on Japan and enter WWII.

Q: Why did women enter the workforce during WWII?

A: Men left the civilian workforce in droves to join the war effort, and women were needed to work in factories and other traditionally male occupations.

Q: What did women on the home front do to support the troops?

A: Women collected cans, conserved rubber and even gave up their pantyhose for use as war materials.

Q: Name two military organizations that were put together specifically for women during the war.

A: The Woman’s Army Corps (WAC) and the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots).

Q: Name two occupations for women in the Women’s Army Corps that were mentioned in the video.

A: Nurses and secretaries.

Q: Who were the WASPs and what did they do?

A: Women pilots who served in non-combat roles for the Air Force. They flew planes to the battle front and brought supplies to the troops during transport missions.

Q: Did women continue to work in men’s roles after the war?

A: No, women returned to more traditional roles in the home after the war and in the 1950s.

 

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WWII ends in Europe with Germany’s surrender

It is mind boggling that years of fighting, massive destruction, and millions of deaths were ended by a simple 5 paragraph document.

We have included a copy of the transcript as well as questions and answers.

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