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1: The US got involved in World War II because of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. After the attack, they declared war on Japan, thereby entering America into the war.

2: President Roosevelt signing the declaration of war against Japan.

3: America officially entered the war on December 8th when President Roosevelt declared war on Japan, but technically we got involved with the war the day before, on the 7th, when we fought to defend ourselves from the attacking Japanese.

4: j | World War II was long in the making, and its roots stem all the way back to World War I and the way the aftermath of that affair was handled. After WWI, most of the responsibility for paying for all of the damage of the war was placed on Germany, crashing their economy and putting them in a very difficult situation. This did not make German citizens happy, among whom Adolf Hitler was one of the most incensed. He created the Nazi party in 1932 and won great support by blaming the Jews, Communists, and intellectuals for Germany's troubles. Later he became chancellor of Germany and claimed dictatorial powers, which he used to introduce anti-Semitist, or Jew hating policies.

5: Hitler and the Nazi Party.

6: Soldier from the beginning of WW2.

7: Other dictators emerging around that time were Benito Mussolini, who founded the Fascist Party in Italy, Joseph Stalin, who turned the Soviet Union into a totalitarian state, and Francisco Franco, who also supported fascism in Spain. With Hitler's continued lust for expansion and so many people being unfairly oppressed, Europe eventually decided that it needed to do something to stop the spread of fascism, and on September 3, 1939, the Allied Powers (Britain and France) declared war on Germany, officially beginning World War II.

8: The Axis Powers. | Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain, an Allied Power.

9: Seeing as it was a "world war", most of the countries in the western world, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific were involved. Among the most prominent players were Germany, Japan, and Italy on one side and Britain, the United States, and France on the other, with the Soviet Union playing both sides of the field. Countries that were involved through attack or occupation included, but was not limited to Austria, China, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Albania, Finland, Estonia,Latvia, | Denmark, Belgium, Norway, the Philippines, Australia, New Guinea, Morocco, Algeria, Manchuria, Lithuania, and the Netherlands.

10: Some of the common infantry weapons used to fight World War II were rifles, sub-machine guns, hand guns, pistols, bazookas, tanks, grenades, mortars, combat knives, anti-take weapons, flame throwers, and machine guns. Submarines, battleships, and airplanes were also utilized on all sides. The highlight of World War II weaponry, however, was introduced by America: the atomic bomb. The US dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, and followed with another one dropped on Nagasaki three days later.

11: Sturmgewehr 44, a German assault rifle. | Atomic Bomb.

12: Rosie the Riveter was a popular female figure in the US who was dressed in overalls and a bandanna, and encouraged women to join the work force to replace all the men leaving to fight in the war. Advertisements and songs were created to promote patriotic female defense workers, and as a result the number of women in the workforce increased by about 6 million during that time. The significance of this symbols is that it resulted in allowing women to take jobs previously reserved only for men, and gave them the opportunity to do something worthwhile, giving them a sense of empowerment.

13: Rosie the Riveter, encouraging women to work like men!

14: World War II ended the Great Depression by giving the American economy something to produce again. With counties all over the world involved in a war, a vast number of weapons was needed to fight it, giving the US the opportunity to produce and sell heavily coveted items.. Also, the thousands and thousands of young men off fighting in the war opened up an equal amount of jobs at home, creating a situation were everyone in America had work again. Items also had to be produced to support those off at war, providing even more opportunities for work. All of these factors together stabilized the economy and ended the Depression.

15: All's well that ends well!!!

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