- Examine the origins of American involvement in the war, with an emphasis on the events that precipitated the attack on Pearl Harbor.
- Explain U.S. and Allied wartime strategy, including the major battles of Midway, Normandy, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Battle of the Bulge.
- Identify the roles and sacrifices of individual American soldiers, as well as the unique contributions of the special fighting forces (e.g., the Tuskegee Airmen, the 442nd Regimental Combat team, the Navajo Code Talkers).
- Analyze Roosevelt's foreign policy during World War II (e.g., Four Freedoms speech).
- Discuss the constitutional issues and impact of events on the U.S. home front, including the internment of Japanese Americans (e.g., Fred Korematsu v. United States of America) and the restrictions on German and Italian resident aliens; the response of the administration to Hitler's atrocities against Jews and other groups; the roles of women in military production; and the roles and growing political demands of African Americans.
- Describe major developments in aviation, weaponry, communication, and medicine and the war's impact on the location of American industry and use of resources.
- Discuss the decision to drop atomic bombs and the consequences of the decision (Hiroshima and Nagasaki).
During WWII, soldiers of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed mainly of Japanese Americans, fought not only the enemy, but fought prejudice, facing severe racial discrimination in their homeland. In these harsh times however, the 442nd became one of the most decorated regiments for its size and length of service in the history of the United States military.