American Cultures III Week 4


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American Cultures III Week 4

  1. 1. American Cultures III<br />Week 4 Review<br />
  2. 2. Major Themes of the Week<br />The Holocaust<br />Isolationism<br />The End Of Isolationism and the Beginning of War<br />
  3. 3. PART 1: The Holocaust<br />Causes<br />A desperate Germany is looking for someone to blame<br />There was a common dislike of Jews in Europe for hundreds of years<br />German quest for a “pure” race<br />Constant government propaganda calling for the dehumanization of Jews<br />
  4. 4. PART 1: The Holocaust<br />Who was targeted by the Nazis?<br />Jews<br />Gypsies<br />Homosexuals<br />Communists<br />Elderly<br />Disabled<br />Mentally Retarded<br />Political Opponents<br />
  5. 5. PART 1: The Holocaust<br />How could it happen?<br />Nazis passed laws to gradually dehumanize Jews<br />Nuremburg Laws(determined who was and was not Jewish)<br />Stripped rights to education, business, and even marriage<br />Took all rights of citizenship away<br />Convinced much of the German population that Jews were bad and must be dealt with accordingly<br />The Final Solution, however, was hidden from the eyes of the German population<br />
  6. 6. PART 1: The Holocaust<br />Result?<br />Camps set up to kill elderly and disabled in the 1930s<br />Prison work camps created to house Jews<br />Extermination Camps created for the sole purpose of murdering people<br />Squads of soldiers created to move through territories and kill Jews on the spot.<br />An estimated 6,000,000 Jews killed…not to mention millions of others who were killed by the Nazis<br />
  7. 7. PART 2: Isolationism<br />America Wants to Stay Out of War<br />It’s Europe’s business, not ours!<br />We’re in a depression…let’s focus on us, not Europe<br />We just fought a large European War (WWI) not too long ago and the people don’t want to do it again<br />Passes series of Neutrality Acts to prevent the US from getting involved.<br />
  8. 8. PART 3: The End Of Isolationism and the Beginning of War<br />The US gradually creeps closer to getting involved<br />Lend Lease Act passed to give arms and support to Allies<br />Atlantic Charter<br />FDR starts to speak against Germany and supports Allies<br />
  9. 9. PART 3: The End Of Isolationism and the Beginning of War<br />Pearl Harbor is the final step that convinces US to join war effort<br />Japan tries to prevent US from entering by attacking Hawaii<br />Attack destroys bulk of US Pacific Fleet along with hundreds of lives.<br />There are theories that FDR knew attack was coming and allowed it in order to convince US to join the War.<br />
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