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APUSH-28

The Second World War


A.  Organizing for war

1.  Mobilizing production

2.  Propaganda

3.  Internment of Japanese Americans

B.  The war in Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean; D Day

C.  The war in the Pacific: Hiroshima, Nagasaki

D.  Diplomacy

1.  War aims

2.  Wartime conferences: Teheran, Yalta, Potsdam

E.  Postwar atmosphere; the United Nations


Resources:

History as Destiny: The Case of New York City
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant interactive tools:
Military Establishments
Military Establishments

New Deal Order
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
The American Century Idea
Key Figures
Timeline

Relevant texts:
The full text of ”The American Century” by Henry R. Luce
The full text of ”The American Century” by Henry R. Luce
Ask Alan Brinkley: What role did the idea of an "American Century" play in the nation's response to World War II?

Relevant transcripts:
"The American Century" was a phrase used to persuade Americans of their mission in the world.
Optimism: In 1945, some diplomats still believed that Stalin was reasonable.
Pessimism: Other policymakers compared Stalin to Hitler.
A period of exuberant innovation in art and of faith in scientific progress.

The Politics of Anticommunism
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
The Red Scare: Alger Hiss
Interpretations of the Red Scare: Institutional Stakes

America Since 1945—E-Seminar 1, The Post–New Deal Order
Resource Type: E-Seminar
What was once routinely known as "the postwar era" is now a period of more than half a century, during which the United States has probably changed more rapidly and profoundly than during any other period of its history. Historian Alan Brinkley offers an introduction to and a framework for understanding the United States since 1945.

New Deal Liberalism and Postwar Economic Growth
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
The primary sources in this DBQ help students explore the legacy of New Deal liberalism as American society is transformed during the 1940s and 50s. Economic, political, and social issues interact to simultaneously and paradoxically enhance and undermine government intervention in American society.

Allure of the New
Resource Type: Primary Source
Nobel Prize winners and physicists Ernest Orlando Lawrence and Arthur Holly Compton, Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development Vannevar Bush, President of Harvard University James Bryant Conant, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Karl T. Compton, and investment banker Alfred Loomis gather for a meeting at Loomis' private laboratory.

The Cold War: The Soviet Union
Resource Type: Primary Source
Charles Bohlen (1904–74), (with hand on chin, standing behind President Harry Truman) was a diplomat and Soviet expert in the State Department. Bohlen was outspoken in his warnings about the Soviet Union's intentions after World War II. He argued that the Soviet regime was paranoid and despotic, like Nazi Germany, and could not be trusted. His grim assessment of the Soviet Union was not widely accepted at first, but eventually it came to prevail. It led to the policy of containment, an underpinning of U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War.

The Cold War: The Soviet Union
Resource Type: Primary Source
William Bullitt (1891–1967), a U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union in the 1930s, was a leading representative of the pessimistic view of the Soviet regime after World War II. He thought the Soviet Union, led by Stalin, was morally equivalent to Nazi Germany and must be resisted. Not widely shared at first, this opinion eventually found acceptance throughout the U.S. government and helped shape the policy of containment during the Cold War.

Key Figures
Resource Type: Primary Source

Historians Debate: Who Is Responsible for the Cold War?
Resource Type: Classroom Simulation
This simulation involves a fictitious conference held in the year 2002, in which three groups of Cold War historians—orthodox, revisionist, and post-revisionist—debate the origins of the Cold War. Who is to blame, the United States, the Soviet Union, or both?

The Cold War: The Soviet Union
Resource Type: Primary Source
Josef Stalin (1879–1953), leader of the Soviet Union for more than thirty years, molded the characteristic features of the Soviet regime and to a large degree shaped East-West relations after World War II. An important ally of the United States during World War II, he was nevertheless a despotic ruler. After the war, the West, increasingly alarmed by his tyranny and brutality, which prompted comparisons to Hitler's rule in Nazi Germany, was alienated on the diplomatic front by conflicts with Stalin's over the extent of Soviet influence. Specifically, Stalin clashed with President Truman over the division of Germany into the democratic western sector and the communist eastern sector. Struggles also emerged in Turkey and Greece. The increasing hostility between Stalin and the West developed into the Cold War.

The Cold War: the Soviet Union
Resource Type: Primary Source
Dean Acheson in 1945.

Key Figures
Resource Type: Primary Source

Historians Debate: Who Is Responsible for the Cold War?
Resource Type: Classroom Simulation
This simulation involves a fictitious conference held in the year 2002, in which three groups of Cold War historians—orthodox, revisionist, and post-revisionist—debate the origins of the Cold War. Who is to blame, the United States, the Soviet Union, or both?


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