1940s Decade in Photos: A World at War

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By the early 1940s, the world's major nations were locked in deadly conflict. After a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Americans grimly accepted the challenge of war. Millions joined the armed services. Women worked long hours in factories and shipyards. Slowly, America and its allies scored key victories. The brilliant flash of an atomic bomb in 1945 ended World War II, but opened a frightening new era.

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Overview

By the early 1940s, the world's major nations were locked in deadly conflict. After a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Americans grimly accepted the challenge of war. Millions joined the armed services. Women worked long hours in factories and shipyards. Slowly, America and its allies scored key victories. The brilliant flash of an atomic bomb in 1945 ended World War II, but opened a frightening new era.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Characterizing a decade in one slim book involves making choices—Corrigan has done quite well at selecting nineteen significant events or developments for each decade since 1900. Young history buffs get a look at politics, war, fashion, science, and technology in this "Amazing Decades in Photos" series; illustrated not only with photographs, each book makes use of posters, cartoons, prints, and newspaper pages as well. The 1940s were dominated by war in Europe and the Pacific. At first, Hitler's armies triumphed until the fatal invasion of Russia in 1941—the same year Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and the U.S. declared war. American women took over factory jobs as men went to fight. By 1945, Europe was in ruins and two Japanese cities had been destroyed by the first atomic bombs. To his credit, Corrigan touches on art—in this title represented by writers Anne Frank and Norman Mailer and films like The Best Years of Our Lives about problems of returning soldiers. After the war, as the U.S. helped Europe rebuild, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball and Indians (inspired by Mohandas Gandhi) won their independence from Britain. Looking ahead from postwar conflict, Corrigan tells readers to expect bitter rivalry between communist and western nations and between Arabs and the new state of Israel. The author's style is brisk, the illustrations often fascinating; the abundance of period photos, graphics, and popular art can help promote visual literacy. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766031333
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Amazing Decades in Photos Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Welcome to the 1940s 5

German and Italian Forces on the Move 9

America Supports the Allies 12

Trouble in the East 14

Germany Invades the Soviet Union 17

Day of Infamy 21

Japan Seizes British and U.S. Territory 24

German Submarines Terrorize the East Coast 26

Striking Back in the Pacific 28

Plight of Japanese Americans 30

Women Keep the War Machine Running 32

Entertaining the Troops 34

Life at Home 36

Island Hopping in the Pacific 38

The Allies Liberate Europe 41

President Roosevelt Dies 44

Victory in Europe and the Pacific 47

Writing about the War 50

Breaking Through the Color Barrier 52

Gandhi's Legacy of Peace 54

Looking Ahead 56

Chronology 58

Glossary 59

Further Reading 60

Internet Resources 61

Index 62

Picture Credits 64

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