Unit 20: America in the Second World War

Hitler Declares War on the U.S.

Unit 20 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Modern
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
Civilization
American
Literature
Works of Poetry from World War I and Speeches from World War II

German Tanks Left Stalingrad in Ruins

Unit Description

For the second time in the 20th century, the United States became involved in a devastating world conflict.
The mobilization effort of the government in World War II eclipsed even that of World War I. With major operations in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, American industries literally fueled two wars simultaneously. The social and economic consequences were profound. The Great Migration of African-Americans from the rural South to the industrial North was accelerated. New opportunities opened for women. Americans finally enjoyed a standard of living higher than the pre-Depression years.

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • All philosophies, values and belief systems should be viewed and judged in light of Scripture and not man’s wisdom.
    • Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. — Proverbs 3:7
    • See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. — Colossians 2:8
  • Just as America began taking steps to prepare to enter World War II, Scripture talks about preparing for spiritual warfare as well.
    • Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. — Ephesians 6:11-17
  • God’s word acknowledges that there will be times for both war and peace.
    • A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. — Ecclesiastes 3:8

Unit 20 Resources: High School

Resources

VIDEOS ON THIS WEBSITE SHOULD BE PREVIEWED BY PARENTS BEFORE ALLOWING STUDENTS TO WATCH VIDEOS. SOME VIDEOS MAY CONTAIN INFORMATION ON SENSITIVE TOPICS. 

Additional Maps:

Germany at it Hight in WWII

Complementary Sources:

The Economic Impacts of WWII

Food Rationing During WWII

German Propaganda in WWII

American Propaganda in WWII

Photos of the War in Africa

Videos:

Arts

Some Composers:

Songs in WWII