World War Two- The Homefront- Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- This is a 16 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 48 questions based on a Crash Course U.S. History video and the website: U.S. History.org.
Students will begin this assignment by watching the Crash Course U.S. History Video: World War II Part 2. The video will introduce the time period and go over the key themes and events of the time. The video will first examine the massive government control which dominated the U.S. economy during World War II. The growth of industry, the role of women in the workforce, the rise in government spending, income tax, and the growth of unions are all covered. The video then discusses the National Resources Planning Board and FDR's failed Economic Bill of Rights. The GI Bill and the Bracero program are also covered. The internment of Japanese Americans is explained as is the monumental impact World War II had on African Americans. Executive Order 8802 and the origins of the Civil Rights Movement are both covered. The video concludes with the many post WW2 conferences and their results- Bretton Woods, Dumbarton Oaks, Yalta, and Potsdam. Following the video, students will proceed to the U.S. History.org website and read two articles. The first article will be on the American homefront. The role of women in the military, rationing, and the accomplishments of American factories during the war are reviewed. The second article looks more closely at the relocation and internment of Japanese Americans. The conditions in the camps, the service of Japanese Americans in the armed forces, and the failure of the Supreme Court to stand up for Japanese American rights are all covered.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.