Cause and Effect
Problems Lead to World War II
and Stalin at Yalta
Germany and reparations
- Germany couldn't make reparation payments because its economy
was in bad shape. Great Britain and France could not pay the United
States because Germany could not pay them.
The Effects of World War II
- United Nations was created because of Roosevelt's suggestion at
- Roosevelt agreed that the Soviet troops would continue occupying
the Eastern European countries after the war and then allow free
- Surrender terms of Germany was when Germany and its capital occupied
by armies from France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the
- Government of Japan was to be changed to a democracy modeled after
Cost of the War
- Germany and USSR had most soldiers killed during the war
- Decision about sending troops made when all five permanent
members of the Security Council agreed.
Genocide During World War II
- Genocide is the systematic killing of people based on their race
- Jews were rounded up as slaves; those capable would work, those
who weren't were killed in concentration camps.
Nuremberg and Tokyo war crimes trials
- 19 Nazi leaders, several Japanese leaders found guilty for murder
and were executed or imprisoned
in war crime trials.
United States and the Soviet Union Compete
- United States was a superpower because it was the only major country
that had not been damaged by war; had most advance military; world's
- Soviet Union was a superpower because it had largest military in
- Stalin caused distrust using veto
power to benefit Soviet expansion to ensure Communist governments.
The Effects on the United States
- War helped end depression; disappear unemployment; let women
enter labor force for first time.
- Government helped business during the war because government
suspended antitrust efforts and ensured companies would make profit
using cost-plus contracts.
People's Rights Problems During the War
- West Coast Japanese Americans during the war were made to report and
were taken to isolated camps.
- Mexicans came to United States during the war because employment
opportunities increased greatly.
- Three ways African Americans were discriminated
against in the military:
1) placed in separate units
2) blood for injured white soldiers was kept separate from that
for African Americans
3) not given the same opportunities for advancement available to
- African Americans faced discrimination in both the North and the West.
- They lived in segregated
neighborhoods and attended segregated schools; riots
broke out when given same jobs as whites.
- Fair Employment Practices Committee investigate, hold hearings,
and provide solution to the problem.