World War II Part 2 – The Homefront: Crash Course US History #36



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In which John Green teaches you about World War 2, as it was lived on the home front. You’ll learn about how the war changed the country as a whole, and changed how Americans thought about their country. John talks about the government control of war production, and how the war probably helped to end the Great Depression. A broader implementation of the income tax, the growth of large corporations, and the development of the West Coast as a manufacturing center were also results of the war. The war positivelychanged the roles of women and African Americans, but it was pretty terrible for the Japanese Americans who were interred in camps. In short, World War II changed America’s role in the world, changed American life at home, and eventually spawned the History Channel.

Hey teachers and students – Check out CommonLit’s free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. At home in America, everyone joined in the war effort, with everyone contributing to American industry:
But America had its fair share of shame, such as when the country turned away Jewish refugees on the St. Louis who would die in the Holocaust:
During World War II, there was also a painful period of Japanese relocation and internment throughout the country:

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23 comments

  1. If your teacher wants you to write 15 facts, here you go 🙂

    1. WWII strengthened the federal government of the U.S.

    2. Unemployment dropped from 14% in 1940 to 2% in 1943.

    3. By 1944 American factories were producing an airplane every 5 minutes and a ship every day.

    4. U.S. GNP went from 91 billion to 214 billion during WWII

    5. Government expenditures in WWII were twice the amount the had been in the previous 150 years combined.

    6. After WWII 40 million Americans played income taxes.

    7. Union membership went from 9 million in 1940 to almost 15 million in 1945.

    8. By 1944 women made up 1/3 of the civilian labor force and 350,000 were serving in the military.

    9. Married women out numbered single women in the workforce.

    10. By 1946 more than 1 million former soldiers were enrolled in college and almost 4 million got assistance with mortgages.

    11. About 500,000 Mexican men and women served in the armed forces during the war.

    12. Executive order 9066 in February 1942 expelled all persons of Japanese descent from the west coast.

    13. 70% of Japanese Americans lived in California and as a result, over 200,000 people were sent to internment camps.

    14. Executive order 8802 banned discrimination and defense hiring and created the fair employment practices coming.

    15. By 1944 more than 1 million black people were working In and 300,000 of them were women.

  2. With this video I conclude my journey from period 1 all the way to the end of period 7 in preparation for the 2020 Apush test… one day in advance…

  3. For those studying for the AP exam, congrats, you reached the end of what you need to know for this year! Unless you wanna watch more to possibly get contextualization, in which case good luck!

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