The Lessons & Legacy of World War II

“The Lessons and Legacy of World War II” is a collaboration between the Friends of the National WW II Memorial and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The primary source based lessons here explore five themes of World War II:

The Beginnings of World War II
The United States Home Front during WW II
Letters from American men and women on the battle front
Pivotal battles and the turning of the tide
Victory and the legacy of WW II

Each downloadable lesson includes important historical background and context for the teacher, cross reference to the National Standards of United States History, an essential question to be explored by students, objectives for student learning, related documents, learning activities for student engagement.

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