This thematic essay adheres to New York State Learning Standard 2- World History, Intermediate Level, Key Idea #1. Additionally, this assignment corresponds with the National Social Studies Curriculum Standards thematic strand of individual development and identity.
This thematic essay is designed as an in class assignment to assess student learning when your study of WWII is complete. Teachers should display WWII images and their corresponding original captions in class for students to reference during their writing. Particularly, images with captions that reinforce stereotyping. Possible answers should include information on Japanese interment, Korematsu v. United States, portrayal of Germans, Italian internment, and segregation of African American troops.
Utilizing the WWII images, their original captions as reference, and your knowledge of United States history complete the following task.
After Pearl Harbor, Americans rallied to support America’s entry into WWII. However, amidst the patriotic fervor to promote international democracy certain ethnic and racial groups were treated in undemocratic ways within the United States and abroad.
Identify three ethnic and/or racial groups within the United States during WWII. Using specific examples, discuss how the United States government reinforced cultural stereotypes of these three groups during wartime. Evaluate the affect of government actions, including propaganda, on American society.