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Large Discussion, “Good War for Whom: The “Good War” on the World War II Homefront”

“The Good War” The Home Front in World War II?
Was World War II a “good war?” for Americans on the home front? In this flipped classroom session you will analyze the extent to which wartime changes on the home front offered lasting opportunities for those previously discriminated against. America was just as diverse then as now. As the war dawned, ethnic minorities, women, African Americans, enemy aliens and US citizens who merely traced their ancestry back to nations at war with the US had cause both to hope– and to fear. Would the prejudices of the past be worsened by wartime prejudices, making the war a nightmare for these Americans at home? Or would the cause in which Americans fought somehow liberate these Americans from their past chains? That is the question.