Places to Visit
The Opper Project: Dr. Seuss and U.S. Isolationism
Ohio State University
Using political cartoons by Dr. Seuss to examine isolationism in America is the war intensified in Europe.
From Neutrality to War: The United States and Europe
National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment
Students examine the a radar plot from Hawaii on December 7, 1941, showing evidence of the incoming attack.
Franklin and Winston: And So to War
The International Churchill Society
Comparing FDR's final speech to Congress to an early draft.
Teachable Moments: WWII Documents and Documentaries
FDR Presidential Library & Museum
Primary source documents and activities paired with short video documentaries on WWII, beginning in the years before the U.S. was involved in the war. See documents and activities and playlist of short documentaries.
Analyzing Evidence of the Pearl Harbor Attack
Two Versions of FDR's Infamy Speech
D-Day: Advising Eisenhower
Students use primary and secondary sources to prepare a brief for General Eisenhower, advising him on how to proceed in planning the D-Day invasion. (See also Eisenhower and the Troops and Art of Deception: Selling a Story to the German Army)
A Blitz Through Ardennes
Students examine the Battle of the Bulge through primary and secondary source readings.
The U.S. in WWII: "The Proper Application of Overwhelming Force"
Four lessons detailing the progression of the war up to its end in Europe and in the Pacific. Lessons 2 and 3 focus on Europe.
WWII Primary Source Activities
Significant moments in WWII explored through primary source documents, with emphasis on MacArthur and the Pacific Theater.
Where in the World War? Mapping the War in the Pacific
National WWII Museum
Students learn the basic geography of the Pacific Theater.
Four lessons detailing the progression of the war up to its end in Europe and in the Pacific. Lessons 1 and 4 focus on the Pacific.
The Atomic Bomb
Stanford History Education Group
Students examine the dropping of the atomic bomb from four different perspectives.
Riding Along the Red Ball Express
Examines the role of the all-African American military supply unit.