H Unit 4- Isolation to the Cold War

Content Statements Addressed

  • H CS 22
  • 1 week of instruction

Learning Targets

During the 1930s, the U.S. government attempted to distance the country from earlier interventionist policies in the Western Hemisphere as well as retain an isolationist approach to events in Europe and Asia until the beginning of WWII.

  • Analyze the reasons for American isolationist sentiment in the interwar period.
  • Explain how mobilization took place both prior to and during World War II
  • Explain the changes that took place in American society as a result of mobilization for the war effort
  • Contrast the mobilization for World War II with the mobilization efforts prior to World War I


  • Mobilization
  • Ration
  • Draft/Conscription
  • Nationalization
  • Executive Order 9066
  • War Production Board
  • Office of Price Administration
  • Fair Employment Practices Commission

Learning Strategies

  • Present a narrative of the impact of mobilization upon Americans on the home front
  • View, discuss, and analyze the propaganda aimed at generating support for the war effort on the home front
  • Read excerpts from journals of Japanese-Americans interned during World War II

Diverse Learners Strategies

  • Describe the goals intended for a variety of US propaganda posters.
  • Justify or repudiate the internment of Japanese-Americans by the US during a war being fought against enemies who we condemned for doing the same to their own citizens