[First section of class]
The Second World War, part 2
Richard Overy, “How the Allies Won”
U.S. Holocaust Museum, Liberating the Death Camps
(continued from last class)
National World War II museum, ‘America goes to war’
How did the war affect life on the home front in the United States?
Why did Japanese internment occur? What are your thoughts on the decision of many Japanese Americans to serve in the U.S. military?
Why did the Allies win the war?
What contributions did the United States make to Allied victory?
To what extent was World War II ‘the good war’?
If you had been in President Truman’s position, would you have used atomic weapons against Japan?
[Second section of class]
Origins of the Cold War
U.S. History, Containment and the Marshall Plan
According to President Truman and many other Americans, what threat did the Soviet Union and communism as a whole pose to the United States?
What were some of the major steps the United States took to contain the expansion of the Soviet Union and its communist allies in the late 1940s and early 1950s?
How did those changes represent a departure from U.S. foreign policies prior to World War II? How did memories of the League of Nations and international politics in the 1930s shape post-war U.S. foreign policies?