Free Collection of World War II Classroom Resources to Support 'The War,' a Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Film, Available

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Educators can bring triumph and tragedy of World War II into the classroom with ABC-CLIO's "History and the Headlines."

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When historians use these resources in the classroom, they will help students to think critically about the events of World War II, place them in context and see how they are relevant to their own lives.

Educators can bring the triumph and tragedy of World War II into the classroom with today's launch of "History and the Headlines: Double Victory - Minorities and Women During World War II." Designed to support the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick PBS/WETA World War II documentary, "The War," this free collection of authoritative and engaging multimedia content will help students examine the role of minorities and women during World War II and place their stories within the larger context of the war. In partnership with Burns and Novick, PBS/WETA and National History Day, ABC-CLIO developed this collection as part of "History and the Headlines," a series of free online history resources.

"History and the Headlines: Double Victory - Minorities and Women During World War II" includes video excerpts from the documentary, access to ABC-CLIO's award-winning five-volume encyclopedia of World War II, thought-provoking essays on the tragedies and triumphs of the war and complementary lesson plans from National History Day. The free collection will be available until Dec. 31, 2007.

"By combining our high-quality history content with resources from prestigious history organizations and historians, ABC-CLIO is able to offer this rich collection of content, video, analysis, primary sources and curriculum materials that will allow educators to integrate the landmark documentary into history instruction," said Becky Snyder, president, ABC-CLIO. "When historians use these resources in the classroom, they will help students to think critically about the events of World War II, place them in context and see how they are relevant to their own lives."

The site's four video excerpts from "The War" give students a unique firsthand glimpse into the lives of everyday Americans during this tumultuous time. "Connecting to World War II" gives students an overview of the production of "The War" and its mission of portraying both the triumph and tragedy of World War II. "Munitions Factories" shows how men and women on the home front in the United States helped in the war effort. "Mobile Shipyards" provides insight into the shipyards of Mobile, Ala., where African Americans found work opportunities that led to an increase in racial tensions, riots and segregation. "Made Into Any Enemy" highlights the tragedy of the internment of Japanese Americans.

In the "Need to Know" section, "History and the Headlines: World War II" takes students deeper into the global context of the war by giving them access to ABC-CLIO's five-volume "Encyclopedia of World War II: A Political, Social and Military History." Edited by Spencer C. Tucker, Ph.D., and Priscilla Mary Roberts, Ph.D., this comprehensive history includes an overview, detailed chronology, essays explaining the origins and legacy of the war and numerous primary sources for gaining insight into the people, places and events of World War II.

The site's "Point of View" section includes three thought-provoking essays by leading historians on the experiences of minorities and women during World War II, both in the United States and overseas. The first essay offers an overview of life on the home front for women, African Americans and Japanese Americans. The second essay focuses on the Japanese American troops of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and includes testimony from the men that offers insight into their conflicting emotions over fighting for a country that was imprisoning their family members. The final essay focuses on the experiences of women in the military during World War II.

"The documentary, 'The War,' will serve as the catalyst for many discussions both in and out of the classroom," said David Silbey, Ph.D., author of the essay of Japanese Americans in the military and an associate professor at Alvernia College in Reading, Pa. "The essays on what it was like to be a minority during that pivotal time in world history and the other resources available from ABC-CLIO's 'History and the Headlines' will give teachers a way to guide students in those conversations so that they become meaningful examinations of historical context."

All of the resources in "History and the Headlines: World War II" can be used to support its accompanying collection of five lesson plans developed by National History Day. Each lesson plan presents topics and activities for teachers to use with their students when studying World War II and asks students to make connections between the historical period and their own lives. Topics include researching family stories as oral histories, women in the workplace, women serving in the military, progress toward equal work opportunities for African Americans and legal battles of interned Japanese Americans. Each lesson plan includes a connection to a specific episode of "The War," relevance to the 2008 National History Day theme, "Conflict and Compromise," background information, primary sources and classroom activities.

To visit "History and the Headlines: World War II," go to http://www.historyandtheheadlines.abc-clio.com/WWII

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