Teaching America's Story Together

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Covering the home front as well as the battlefield, this volume begins its story in 1935, as Congress expressed American wariness of involvement in another European war by passing a neutrality act. All such debate ended with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, but new issues arose, including internment of Japanese Americans; the treatment of African Americans in the United States and in its Armed Forces; the role of women in the war effort and how this might change their lives after the war; and the principles that should shape the post-war world.

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