Every aspect of American life was refocused towards the goal of winning the war during WWII, and everyone tried to do their part to support the Allied troops. Students will get their hands dirty as they learn about Victory Gardens, rationing and recycling programs that were a way of life for those on the home front.
As Nazi tyranny spread across Europe, the Germans and their collaborators persecuted and murdered millions of other people they deemed "inferior" and a threat to the German racial community. In this program, students will learn about the Holocaust through primary source stories of those persecuted and honor them by remembering that each person has a name and an identity.
Following World War II, many Americans kept souvenirs of lost loved ones or their time in the war. Many of these articles were stored in boxes or trunks and then tucked away in attics, basements, and garages for decades. In this program, students crucially evaluate a variety of primary sources related to women on the American home front during World War II.
Shortly before the D-Day invasion, Dwight D. Eisenhower outlined instructions for the most comprehensive effort in history by an army to fight a war while also trying to minimize the damage to cultural treasures and monuments. Just after World War II, Ike was introduced to the hobby of painting and enjoyed it thought the rest of his life. In addition to learning about this merge of art, history, and Eisenhower, students will "paint like Ike" and finish a painting Ike left incomplete upon his passing..
Crucial sources of enemy information were obtained by surveillance, code breaking, and subterfuge throughout WWII. Intelligence agencies helped the Allies win the war by slipping behind enemy lines to serve as spies, or working to break Axis message codes and steal critical information.
I Like Ike:
An Election Icon
You may know that "I Like Ike" was the most successful campaign slogan in history, but did you know that it went beyond the iconic pin? Students will learn about the Disney commercial, the song, and even 1952 election fashions that helped propel Ike to the presidency. Then they can show their creativity by making their own election slogan and button.