Paired Texts > How American Industry Won World War II
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In this note from World War II, General Eisenhower encourages his troops to defeat the enemy on the eve of the Invasion of Normandy.Pair “General Eisenhower’s Order of the Day” with “How American Industry Won World War II” and ask students to discuss how the American home front had a big impact on the Eisenhower’s confidence and the Allies’ success.
In "Story of an Hour," a classic short story by Kate Chopin, a woman is overcome by the news of her husband's death.Pair “How American Industry Won World War II” with “Story of an Hour” and ask students to compare the treatment of the role of women in each of the pieces. The article touches upon the fact that, during World War II, many women took jobs in war-oriented factories — jobs they had previously been barred from performing. Have students think about the way in which the story urges support for social reform to ensure that women are able to function independently, and how this relates to the way in which equal opportunity for women helped build American industry during the war.
On December 7, 1941 Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, a United States naval base in Hawaii, effectively drawing America into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, delivered this speech to a Joint Session of Congress on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack.Pair “How American Industry Won World War II” with the “'Day of Infamy’ Speech” and have students discuss how Roosevelt’s rhetoric conveys his message of action and determination. Does this tone, adopted at the very outset of the United States’ involvement in World War II, carry through to the actual war effort as described in the article? How does your knowledge of the state of American production in 1941 affect your reading of this speech?