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America and WWII 1941-1945 Section 1: Mobilizing for War Converting the Economy “Once the fire is lighted under it there is no limit to the power it will.

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1 America and WWII Section 1: Mobilizing for War Converting the Economy “Once the fire is lighted under it there is no limit to the power it will generate” Winston Churchill talking of the US economic power American Industry Gets the Job Done Tanks Replace Cars Building the Liberty Ships (basic cargo ship for war) The War Production Board Building an Army Creating an Army Selective Service and Training Act You’re in the Army Now A Segregated Army Pushing for “Double V” disfranchised

2 “Double V” campaign – over Hitler’s racism and racism at home Benjamin O. Davis (became brigadier general) African Americans in Combat Tuskegee Airmen – African American fighter pilots Women Join the Armed Forces Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) Women’s Army Corps (WAC) “A debt to democracy, a date with destiny” Americans Go to War Section 2: The Early Battles Holding the Line Against Japan The Fall of the Philippines Douglas MacArthur Bataan Death March The Doolittle Raid (James Doolittle) A Change in Japanese Strategy The Battle of the Coral Sea

3 The Battle of Midway Turning Back the German Army periphery – edges The Struggle for North Africa George Patton Battle of Kasserine Pass The Battle of the Atlantic convoy system Stalingrad Section 3: Life on the Home Front Women and Minorities Gain Ground Women in the Defense Plants “Rosie the Riveter” African Americans Demand War Work A. Philip Randolph Mexicans Become Farmworkers Bracero Program

4 A Nation on the Move Sunbelt The Housing Crisis Racism Explodes Into Violence “Great Migration” The Zoot Suit Riots (Southern California) zoot suit “victory suit” Japanese American Relocation Korematsu v. United States 442 nd Regimental Combat Team Japanese American Citizens League Daily Life in Wartime America Wage and Price Controls Office of Price Administration Office of Economic Stabilization

5 Blue Points, Red Points rationing Victory Gardens and Scrap Drives Paying for the War E Bonds “V” for Victory Section 4: Pushing the Axis Back Striking Back at the Third Reich Casablanca Conference Strategic Bombing Striking at the Soft Underbelly DUKW (amphibious truck) Cassino and Anzio Roosevelt Meets Stalin at Tehran Landing in France Planning Operation Overlord D-Day

6 The Longest Day Omar Bradley Driving the Japanese Back Island-Hopping in the Pacific amphtrac MacArthur Returns to the Philippines Guadalcanal kamikaze Section 5: The War Ends The Third Reich Collapses hedgerows The Battle of the Bulge V-E Day: The War Ends in Europe Japan Is Defeated Harry S. Truman Uncommon Valor on Iwo Jima

7 Firebombing Devastates Japan Curtis LeMay napalm The Invasion of Okinawa The Terms of Surrender The Manhattan Project The Decision to Drop the Bomb V-J Day Building a New World Creating the United Nations charter Putting the Enemy on Trial International Military Tribunal Nuremberg Trials


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