1. The program begins with a review of basic World War II history and introduction to two major groups of people involved in the war - GI Joes and WACs (Women's Army Corps).
2. Students are introduced to two African American WACs who helped break barriers through their service during World War II - MAJ Charity Adams and LTC Harriet West Waddy.
3. Students will examine primary sources from the USAWM archives to understand how the U.S. Army began racially desegrating years before the rest of American society.
Students will understand the vast and lasting impact the establishment of the Women’s Army Corps had on many facets of American society.
Students will gain a greater understanding of desegregation by analyzing primary source documents such as newspaper articles, political cartoons, facts, and photographs.
NSS-USH.5-12.8 ERA 8: THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WORLD WAR II (1929-1945)
NSS-USH.5-12.9 ERA 9: POSTWAR UNITED STATES (1945 TO EARLY 1970s)
USII.8d The student will demonstrate knowledge of the economic, social, and political transformation of the United States and the world between the end of World War II and the present by
describing the changing patterns of society, including expanded educational and economic opportunities for military veterans, women, and minorities.
USII.9a The student will demonstrate knowledge of the key domestic and international issues during the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries by examining the Civil Rights Movement and the changing role of women.
VUS.14 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
VUS.12b The student will demonstrate knowledge of the effects of World War II on the home front by describing the contributions of women and minorities to the war effort.