Unit 21: Postwar Challenges

President Harry Truman

Unit 21 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

Times Square Kiss

Unit Description

Euphoria.

When Japan surrendered to the Allies at the end of the long summer of 1945, Americans were ecstatic. Ticker tape parades were staged in nearly every town to welcome America’s returning heroes.

Unquestionably, the United States’ entry in World War II made the difference for the Allied cause. The American army and navy were now the most powerful in the world. Even those who did not fight could feel proud of the work Americans did in the factories to build the war machine.
The youth of America would never forget the sacrifices of wartime. From rationing food to collecting scrap to buying bonds to fighting in battle, the efforts to defeat the Axis were a product of the collective American will. News anchor Tom Brokaw later labeled the Americans who came of age in World War II the “greatest generation.”

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • At the root of many wars and conflicts of various kinds, is a greed for power.
    • The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper. — Proverbs 28:25
  • Deceit is used by those who have evil and greedy motivation.
    • Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. — Proverbs 12:20

Unit 21 Resources: High School

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Resources

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Additional Maps:

Europe after WWII

Complementary Sources:

Post-War United States

Europe and Asia after WWII

Videos:

Arts

Some Composers:

Irving Berlin