World War I and II: Life on the Home Front

How did the United States justify fighting for freedom abroad while segregation persisted on the home front? Should the government have the right to limit citizens’ freedom of speech during wartime? These are some of the questions that this course will explore. Overall, this course will examine how America’s participation in each war shaped events and experiences at home. Some of the topics covered in the course include race, immigration, the national economy, and women’s rights, among many others. Each class will feature lectures, class discussions, and primary and secondary source analysis.

Key Information

  • The course begins on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
  • Classes will occur once a week for six weeks.
  • Classes will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET/ 2:00 p.m. PT.
  • Weekly classes are 60 minutes in length on Zoom. These sessions will incorporate a combination of lectures, activities conducted on the Zoom chat, polls, Q&As, and discussions.

Intended Audience

This course is for high school students (grades 9–12). 

Schedule and Registration

Registration is for the full 6-session course. Students must have a Gilder Lehrman account to register for a History School course. Log in or create a free account here.

Once registered, students will be enrolled in the Gilder Lehrman Online Learning Community and have access to course content and materials.

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Week  1 

Tuesday, July 5, 5:00–6:00 p.m. ET

World War I: Nativism on the Home Front (Anti-German sentiment, Sedition Act, Red Scare, Palmer Raids, Quota Acts)

Week 2

Tuesday, July 12, 5:00–6:00 p.m. ET

The Impact of World War on Constitutional Amendments: Women’s Suffrage & Prohibition

Week 3

Tuesday, July 19, 5:00–6:00 p.m. ET

Examining the African American Experience during World War II: The Port Chicago Explosion, Double Victory Campaign, Red Summer

Week 4

Tuesday, July 26, 5:00–6:00 p.m. ET

Mass Mobilization: Mobilizing the Home Front (Rationing, war mobilization, etc)

Week 5

Tuesday, August 2, 5:00–6:00 p.m. ET

Executive Order 9066: The Japanese American Experience during World War II 

Week 6

Tuesday, August 9, 5:00–6:00 p.m. ET

War Propaganda: Winning the Hearts and Minds

Meet Your Teacher

Daniel Jocz is a leadership advisor, service learning coordinator, and social studies teacher at a high school in Los Angeles. He has also served on the Instructional Leadership Team, been an instructional coach, and participated in seven international teaching programs. Mr. Jocz was selected as the 2016 California Teacher of the Year and was one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. In 2018 he was named the California History Teacher of the Year. He is well known for his dynamic APUSH and AP US Gov review and lecture series on YouTube. You can explore his channel here.

Certificate of Completion

Students who attend 5 out of 6 classes can get a certificate from the Gilder Lehrman Institute confirming their participation in this History School course.

Please email historyschool@gilderlehrman.org if you have any questions.