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Talking Maps: World War II, Part 1 & 2

14 minutes 56 seconds

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Shows how the ruined European infrastructure, economies, governments, and treaties from World War I made World War II inevitable. Japan, small in geography but giant in ambition, launches its conquest of Asia in the 1930s and attacks the U.S. at Pearl Harbor in 1941. These actions drag the American and Asian continents into World War II, making it a true global conflagration.

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Map compares 1914 Europe with present day. A white line crosses France from the French, Belgian border on the North Sea to the French, Swiss border at Geneva. An overlay sepia toned photo of a crowd has text that reads, "1917. America declares war."
Talking Maps
Episode 1
8 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 12
World War 2 map of the Philippines showing the islands of Corregidor, Luzon, Mindoro and Leyte.  A red dot for the capital, Manilla, appears on Luzon. A U, S, flag image appears over southern islands. Text on screen reads, "Philippines."
Talking Maps
Episode 2
14 minutes 56 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 12
Image of men in Confederate uniforms riding horses in a Civil War battle reenactment. An overlay of an oval shaped photo appears next to the soldiers with text that reads, "Robert E. Lee." Caption. They don't have a general the equal of Robert E. Lee.
Talking Maps
Episode 3
35 minutes 13 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 12

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    Alison Y. (Cave Creek, AZ)
    December 18th, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    I have used this in my classroom for a few years now and it is really helpful for my students with visual/hearing impairment, but also for all my students since it allows them to see, hear and read the information.

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    Richard A. (Grand Rapids, MI)
    May 2nd, 2017 at 08:16 AM

    5-stars...made the maps simple and easy to understand for people who do not have the historical background of why we fought this war

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    U'Vonna W. (Chattanooga, OK)
    March 1st, 2017 at 09:44 AM

    Perfect for students to understand the geography and strategies of WWII. The visual explanation makes it easier for students to understand how the world powers work together today and then.

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    Denise R. (Park Ridge, IL)
    February 25th, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    This is a valuable resource when teaching World War II.