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WW II Overview: Could WW II have been prevented? Major facts and events of WW II 1941- 1945.

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1 WW II Overview: Could WW II have been prevented? Major facts and events of WW II

2 War fought on two fronts: Two Theatres of War Europe/North Africa: We decided to fight here first even though we had been attacked by Japan. Europe/North Africa: We decided to fight here first even though we had been attacked by Japan. Pacific : After defeating Hitler in 1944, we turned our attention to Japan. By this time we had a new President: Harry Truman Pacific : After defeating Hitler in 1944, we turned our attention to Japan. By this time we had a new President: Harry Truman

3 Election of 1932

4 1933: Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany

5 Hitler begins his campaign against the Jews in 1933, meanwhile the US is mired in the Great Depression Kristaallnacht: night of broken glass

6 First step on WW II path: Japan invades China (Manchuria region), looking for natural resources and looking to become an imperial power

7 And by 1941…….

8 Meanwhile, Hitler is on the march across Europe, killing millions- not just Jews ( )

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10 HITLER’S WW II PARTNERS

11 Brazil India THE ALLIED POWERS IN WW II

12 At first, most Americans did not want to go to war: America 1 st ; neutrality acts

13 But Roosevelt knew eventually we would have to get involved…. DECEMBER 7, 1941

14 America mobilizes for a war time economy, The OPA controls the economy.

15 SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER GENERAL EISENHOWER SPEAKS WITH PARATROOPERS JUST BEFORE THEY EMBARK TO JUMP INTO NAZI OCCUPIED FRANCE The Turning Point: D- DAY 1944

16 It all pays off in the end… VE Day: Victory in Europe Day

17 But at a huge price…

18 Harry Truman (1945 – 1953) TRUMAN Fair Deal GI Bill of Rights Taft-Hartley Act Korean War MacArthur 22 nd Amendment Desegregated the military Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima Nagaski End of WWII Potsdam Conference

19 Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The A Bomb

20 VJ Day Aug 14, 1945: Victory over Japan Day

21 Permanent changes in American society Women in the workforce Women in the workforce African-American fight for rights and refuse to tolerate second class status African-American fight for rights and refuse to tolerate second class status The rise of the middle class The rise of the middle class Suburbia Suburbia Baby Boom Baby Boom A New World Order: The Cold War begins A New World Order: The Cold War begins


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