World War II left no country untouched. The fighting left whole continents battered and devastated. Cities were flattened, and hundreds of thousands were displaced from their homes. Some 49 million people died in World War II, including 400,000 American soldiers. Another 11 million, including 6 million Jews, were killed in German concentration camps. Battles took place in nearly every corner of the globe. Soldiers fought on beaches, in jungles, and along rivers, and campaigns for dominance stretched across the globe, with eventual victory by the Allies.

You will sign up to research one of the following topics:

  1. Causes of the US involvement in World War II
  2. Wartime production and manufacturing
  3. The role of media in covering the war
  4. The role of propaganda
  5. Women serving in the military
  6. Minorities serving in the military
  7. Internment of Japanese Americans
  8. The aftermath (effects) of World War II

Create a presentation using multimedia tools that provides a comprehensive view of your topic connected to life on the American home front during World War II. Speaker notes on your presentation slides are REQUIRED.

Discuss the economic, political, and social characteristics connected to your specific topic.

  • The economic characteristics, such as tax policies, industrial production, employment, and manufacturing
  • The political characteristics, such as the evolution of America from isolationism to limited support to full engagement in the war, and how the branches of government worked together to form a cohesive war strategy
  • The social characteristics, such as opportunities for women and minorities, internment of Japanese Americans, demographic shifts, leisure activities, and others

Discuss the impact of your specific topic’s legacy on American history both during World War II and beyond.

Incorporate at least 15 specific pieces of historical evidence from the required readings, supplemental readings and any additional research. Include proper citations for all historical facts.


Include primary sources: photographs, maps, quotes, video as appropriate.

Present a 5-7 minute segment of the most important component of your presentation to the class.


Cite your reference sources consistent with APA guidelines and submit them through the Classroom. It is recommended you copy and paste all information in your slides into a Word Document and run it through Plagiarism Checker to avoid unintentional plagiarism.