World War II and the 40s 

 

 

Women in the U.S. 

African Americans 

Japanese Americans 

 U.S. Homefront 

The World    

 

 

 

To search for additional resources, use the NetTrekker search engine. Click on Social Studies.

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Women: How did World War II change the role of women in America? 

 Name of website or database:  Keywords/directions to use when searching: 
 Student Resource Center Junior  Women and World War II
 SIRS Decades  Click on 1940s, then Women
 American History: (ABC-CLIO) click on Eras, then scroll down to World War II, then click on The War at Home
 American Women's History Online  username: mcps password: trials   Click on American Women's History Online, then 1938-1960
 Women in World War II   
The Perilous Fight: Women  letters by and about women in WWII
Rosie the Riveter  photos, artifacts and stories of women who worked in factories during WWII
Red Cross Volunteer  look at this scrapbook of volunteer work
National Women's History Museum  includes women at home, in the factories and at war
  rosie the riveter 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

African Americans: How did WWII highlight the discrimination against Blacks and offer opportunities after the war? 

 Name of website or database:  Keywords/directions to use when searching: 
 Student Resource Center Junior  African Americans and World War II
 SIRS Decades  Click on 1940s, then African Americans
 American History: (ABC-CLIO) click on Eras, then scroll down to World War II, then click on The War at Home
 Oxford African American Studies Center 

Search for World War II to find articles on how the war impacted migration and integration of African Americans. See the article "Riots during World War II," which highlights the struggle for inclusion and equality.

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 African American History Online   username: mcps password: trials
Click on African American History Online, then 1941-1954. There are two overview essays on the left: The Home Front, and Service to One's Country.
 The Perilous Fight: African Americans  letters and photos by and about African Americans
 History Place   Photographs and descriptions of African Americans at war 
 Civil Rights  What was life like before, during, and after the war?
PBS: The War  Discrimination at home
PBS: The War  Discrimination in the military

 

 

 

 

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Japanese Americans: Was the US justified in how it treated the Japanese in America during World War II? Japanese

 Name of website or database:   Keywords/directions to use when searching: 
 Student Resource Center Junior  Japanese American Internment
SIRS Decades  Click on 1940s, then Japanese American Internment
 US History in Context  Japanese American Internment. Get the Executive Order authorizing the camps, articles, and more
 Camps in the US  look at a map of the camps and descriptions
 The Perilous Fight: Asian Americans   letters and photos by and about Japanese Americans
Digital History  scroll down to the video on Japanese American internment
 Explorations of the Internment  newspaper articles, photos, films, and more
 It Happened in America  explores life for the Japanese before and during the war
 Instructions to people of Japanese ancestry   
PBS: The War   

 

 

 

Homefront: What issues did WWII create in the daily lives of Americans living at home? (rationing, movies, recycling, etc.)

 Name of website or database:   Keywords/directions to use when searching: 
 World Book  search for World War II, the use the index on the left to find Homefront
 SIRS Decades  Click on 1940s, then World War II: Homefront
 American History: (ABC-CLIO) click on Eras, then scroll down to World War II, then click on The War at Home 
 American History Online (Facts on File) username: mcps password: trials   Click on American History Online, then World War II and the Forties
 Remembering the GI Bulge (The GI Bill) Click on one of the slideshows on the right side of the screen to see what vets said about the GI bill.
 Great Depression and World War II   documents and photos as the US emerged from the economic Depression to become the world's strongest economy
 On the Homefront: Economic Activities  contains information on both World Wars, so select carefully!
 A multimedia history of the homefront   
 Red Cross Volunteer  look at this scrapbook of volunteer work
Rationing   
Rationing, Victory Gardens and Junk Drives   
Gearing up for war  article from the Seattle Times

 

 

Rationing 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other topics for the 1940s

Use the following sites to seach for all other topics:

 FashionJackie Robinson 

World Book Online 
Encyclopedia Britannica 
Student Resource Center Junior  
American History 
American Cultural History scroll down to the links on different topics

 

  

The World and World War II

 

For an overview on the state of the world:

American History: (ABC-CLIO) Click on Eras: World War II - Peace at Great Cost. Then go to The Cold War: Allies to Enemies, Origins of the Cold War. Make sure you look at the articles on the left.

World at War (ABC-CLIO) - click on "Explore a War," then World War II. Click on the link that says Consequences on the left to read about the legacy of World War II.
World War II Oral History Project: Look at the changing map to see who controlled what territory

 

 

Germany and World War II 

 Name of website or database:   Keywords/directions to use when searching: 
 SIRS Discoverer   "Anatomy of the Holocaust" A great timeline on the buildup to war
World History: Modern Era  username: mcpsstudent  password: mcps

Rise of Facism in Europe. Nice overview on the state of Germany before WWII

Also see Yalta Conference and Potsdam Conference for articles about post-war Germany

Timeline  Check out the timeline and see why Germany went to war.
TeacherTube video  see what happened after the war
Bombing of Germany  read about the damage to German cities
Post War Economy   
 Displaced Persons Camps   

 

Japan and World War II

Name of website or database:  Keywords/directions to use when searching: 
 Atomic Archive: Two Cities  atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
World History: Modern Era 

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 Begin with the article titled "Japan at War, 1941–1945 (Overview)"

Post-War Japan  video and photo slideshow of Japan after the war

  

 atomic bomb 

 

 

   

India and Pakistan and World War II

british india 

 Name of website or database:  Keywords/directions to use when searching:  
World History: Modern Era 

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   "Independence for India (Overview)"

Encyclopedia Britannica  Use the India article from Comptons, go to the section "The Struggle for Independence."
Student Resource Center Junior  Search for Partition of India
BBC History  An overview of the partition

 

 

Palestine/Israel and the Creation of a Jewish Nation

Student Resource Center Junior  Search for Palestine
Encyclopedia Britannica  Search for Palestine
British Mandate in 5 Minutes  YouTube video that explains the issues
BBC: History of a Conflict  Use the timeline across the top to follow the conflict from ancient times to post WWII


Palestine 

 

 

 

 The Cold War and Eastern Europe

Encyclopedia Britannica  search for Cold War
World Book Online  search for Cold War, then make sure your read the section called "The Coming of the Cold War."
 Origins of the Cold War   
Displaced Persons Camps   
 Berlin Airlift