America in World
Life on the Home Front
Why did America enter WWII?
WWII began in
the war after
Pearl Harbor in
President Roosevelt’s Speech
Listen to FDR’s
December 8, 1941.
How does it make
How do you think
the listeners felt
Why did Japan attack America?
Japan wanted oil in
the Pacific Ocean.
Wanted islands in
Japan had to get
rid of America’s
ships in the Pacific
to get oil & islands.
America after Pearl Harbor
in America were
feared to be spies.
relocation camps .
The sides of World War II
Axis Powers =
Allied Powers =
WWII was fought
in Europe and the
Hitler and Nazi Germany
Hitler hated Jews.
Sent people to
camps to die.
Germany to take
over the world.
Life on the Homefront
At home, civilians did all they could to help
the war effort: saved oil, rationed food,
collected goods, and made planes and
tanks. Patriotic songs were popular.
Propaganda helped to promote patriotism,
but also hatred of the Germans,
The End of World War II
Back on the Home front
First Germany and
celebrated V-E and
Some questions to think about…
Why did the United States wait until after
Pearl Harbor to enter World War II?
Do you think the U.S. should have gone to
war against Hitler first?
Should the United States have dropped
the atomic bomb?
Could the Japanese have been stopped
any other way?
SC Social Studies Standards
5.5.1 Investigate the ways people can work together to
promote the principles and ideals of American democracy
5.5.3 Identify historical figures who shaped values and
principles of American democracy
5.2.10 Analyze the causes of World War II and explain
why the United States intervened
5.2.11 Explain the impact at home and abroad of the United
States involvement in World War II
5.12.4 Explain why and how people compete for control
of Earth’s surface
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