Part One: Watch
the video and then
Before we begin
events of WWII, we
Part One: Watch the video and then answer the questions that follow.
(Transcript) Before we begin discussing the events of WWII, we should talk about the state of the world prior to American joining the war. It’s been 12 years since World War One. The year is 1929.
The American President is Franklin D Roosevelt. America is suffering from the Great Depression. The Great Depression began when the stock market crashed in October 1929. Banks were failing and unable to give people their earnings, unemployment was rising and those with jobs, suffered from pay decreases. Meanwhile, in Europe, fascism was overpowering democratic countries. Fascism is a government led by dictator, who has absolute power, because they force their opinions, while suppressing their critics and competition. At this time in history, Germany was being led by the fascist dictator, Adolf Hitler. And Hitler was advancing his troops all over Europe, taking over smaller European countries. Meanwhile in Germany, Hitler had initiated the per...