Social Studies - 2017-18

USII.7c - Impact of WWII on Homefront

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the major causes and effects of American involvement in World War II by

c)  describing the impact of the war on the home front.

Blooms Level: Remember

Adopted: 2008


Big Themes/Concepts: National Identity, Resources, Values & Beliefs

People will step up and contribute where they are needed in times of difficulty. 

Women and African Americans gained more rights as a result of the demand for wartime labor and production.

Warfare leads to changes in the way democratic governments relate to their citizens. 


World War II affected every aspect of American life.

Americans were asked to make sacrifices in support of the war effort and the ideals for which Americans fought.

How did Americans at home support the war effort?

What effect did the war have on race relations in America?


American involvement in World War II brought an end to the Great Depression. Factories and workers were needed to produce goods to win the war.

Thousands of American women took jobs in defense plants during the war (e.g., Rosie the Riveter).

Americans at home supported the war by conserving and rationing resources.

The need for workers temporarily broke down some racial barriers (e.g., hiring in defense plants), although discrimination against African Americans continued.

While many Japanese Americans served in the armed forces, others were treated with distrust and prejudice, and many were forced into internment camps.

Make connections between the past and the present. (USII.1b)

Sequence events in United States history. (USII.1c)

Interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives. (USII.1d)


World War II, Pearl Harbor, instability, depression, inflation, unemployment, Fascism, nationalism, dictator, Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Hideki Tojo, Axis Powers, isolationism, aggression, Soviet Union, Battle of Midway, Eastern Europe, atomic bomb, D-Day, Antisemitism, Aryan supremacy, boycott, concentration camps, internment camps, death camps, liberation, home front, defense plants, Rosie the Riveter, racial barriers. 

Updated: Aug 17, 2017