WEEK 5: STUDY GUIDE
Overall theme of course:
• People (Monday classes)
o Who are “Americans?”: Immigration, mobility, race/ethnicity, gender
• Money (Wednesday classes)
o How have Americans lived?: The changing modes of production and
consumption; wealth and poverty
• Power (Friday classes)
o How have Americans governed?: The growth of federal government; rise of US
power in world
Specific topics of this week: America during the Second World War
• Monday, People: How different groups of Americans sought to define the wartime goal to
preserve their versions of “The American Way of Life”
• Wednesday, Money: How the war transformed the workplace and the economy
• Friday, Power: How placing World War II in “historical context” can yield many different
meanings and different “lessons” about how to exercise power in the world
Reading/Writing assignment for this week:
Assignment: Read LEP, Chapt. 26
Section Assignment: Analyzing War Posters that Mobilize People for War
• Visit and study the posters that the US government produced to mobilize people
for World War II. Go to http://bss.sfsu.edu/internment/posters.html to study some
of the posters. Be sure to use the “Analyzing Visual Images and Primary
Documents” guide, which is on our class website.
• Come to section ready to discuss what kinds of propaganda appeals stirred
support for the war and hatred of the enemy. Also consider whether you think
that the US government should employ propaganda and censorship at home in
time of war. Why or why not?
• Short Quiz today over Study Guide, Weeks four and five. This will help prime
you for the midterm. Also come prepared to ask any questions re midterm.
IDs (be able to identify each term in a sentence and then provide a few sentences
describing its SIGNIFICANCE in terms of the themes of the “overall themes of the
course,” given above.)
ID: The Neutrality Acts was a series of acts passed by Congress in the 1930s limiting the
involvement of the United States in foreign wars.
Significance: The laws forbade the US from providing any country soldiers, weapons,
and loans. By doing this, they believed the US would remain neutral. Roosevelt,
however, went around the acts by creating the Lend-Lease Act, which allowed him to sell
ID: Adolf Hitler was the German dictator in charge of the Nazi party during WWII. Significance: He started WWII by invading Poland to expand Germany’s territory. He
also committed a mass genocide of Jews by letting the Aryan race believe that they were
in charge of the economic turmoil Germany was in, when it was a global Great
ID: Isolationists were people who refused to let America become involved in foreign
wars and alliances.
Significance: Isolationism delayed the United States’ entry to WWII, giving the Axis
Powers a chance to mobilize in Europe. It ended with the bombing of Pearl Harbor,
which showed how the war could no longer be ignored.
ID: Pearl Harbor is a harbor located in Hawaii that contained the military fleets.
Significance: The bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese caused the United States to
become involved in World War II.
ID: Overlord was a military operation also called Battle of Normandy during WWII.
Significance: It launched the invasion of German-occupi