World War II officially began in September, 1939 when Britain and France declared war on Germany after it invaded Poland. For the next two years, the people of Europe endured hardship and destruction as the Na-zi regime bulldozed its way through one country after another. The United States joined the war in December, 1941, after Japanese bombers destroyed ships and planes, killing more than 2,000 people. The war lasted another three long years. Almost every region of the earth, from the Pacific Islands to Africa to South America was involved.
Questions and Answers
Question: Did all Americans feel part of the team effort needed to win the war?
Answer: Unfortunately, no. Many African-Americans left the South during the war to get jobs in the north. They had more opportunities than ever before. Still, they were often discriminated against. African-Americans had to use different bathrooms than whites, for example, and couldn’t eat in public restaurants. Japanese Americans were thought to be potential spies. Thousands of Japanese families were forced to leave their homes and live in internment camps for the duration of the war. They were often mistreated and persecuted by others because they were Japanese.
Visit PBS to learn more about what it would be like to be a child in a Japanese internment camp.
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