11.7 Students analyze America's participation in World War II.
- Examine the origins of American involvement in the war, with an emphasis
on the events that precipitated the attack on Pearl Harbor.
- Explain U.S. and Allied wartime strategy, including the major battles of
Midway, Normandy, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Battle of the Bulge.
- Identify the roles and sacrifices of individual American soldiers, as well
as the unique contributions of the special fighting forces (e.g., the
Tuskegee Airmen, the 442nd Regimental Combat team, the Navajo Code Talkers).
- Analyze Roosevelt's foreign policy during World War II (e.g., Four
- Discuss the constitutional issues and impact of events on the U.S. home
front, including the internment of Japanese Americans (e.g., Fred Korematsu
v. United States of America) and the restrictions on German and Italian
resident aliens; the response of the administration to Hitler's atrocities
against Jews and other groups; the roles of women in military production;
and the roles and growing political demands of African Americans.
- Describe major developments in aviation, weaponry, communication, and
medicine and the war's impact on the location of American industry and use
- Discuss the decision to drop atomic bombs and the consequences of the
decision (Hiroshima and Nagasaki).
- Analyze the effect of massive aid given to Western Europe under the
Marshall Plan to rebuild itself after the war and the importance of a
rebuilt Europe to the U.S. economy.