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Topic 2: Civilian life in the U.S. compared to German civilian life.
• Simple intro of when and why Germany and America became involved in WWII:
o Germany- Germany invades Poland in September 1, 1939. Britain, France,
Australia, and New Zealand declare war on Germany on September 3, 1939. Causes:
o America- America is bombed in Pearl Harbor by Japanese on December 7,
1941. The U.S. Declares war on Japan the following day resulting in entering
o Causes: Attack on homeland. Increasing hostility with Axis powers.
• Explain: Location of country differences and other minor general info. (Who is involved
in WWII and alliances etc)
German Civilian life:
o Economy: Prosperous but became mainly war production.
o Workforce: Forced labor from POW and countries under Nazi rule. Children
played small role, woman did not work. The rest was left to the men in Germany.
o People’s rights: Jewish civilians were detained and sent to ghettos or camps.
o Effects of war on civilians: Rationing, fear of punishment in later years.
American Civilian life:
o Economy: Climbed upward out of need for factories to support war efforts and
price management on goods by the government.
o Workforce: Many older men obtained jobs that once belonged to younger men
drafted. Woman entered the workforce along with African Americans and other
minorities that did not serve.
o People’s rights: Woman gained a more respected status within the country.
Japanese nationals detained in camps. Italian nationals relocated.
o Effects of war on civilians: Rationing, Nationalism/Patriotism.
• Conclude with key differences. Possibilities of which factors were favorable for either or
both countries and which factors were unfavorable.
o People’s rights differences and how one brought the country together and the
other spread apart. ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course HIST 2111 taught by Professor Wynne during the Spring '08 term at Gainesville State.
- Spring '08