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Kentuckians in World War II: On the Home Front and in the War Zone

A classroom supplement that places Kentucky into the larger context of U.S. and world history. Your middle and high school students will develop analytical, communications and critical thinking skills through five different hour-long activities using:

  • Primary source Letters from a Kentuckian held prisoner in Japan and a German held prisoner in Kentucky
  • Journal of a Kentuckian held prisoner in Japan
  • Posters that promoted the war effort on the home front
  • Wartime booklet of recipes using sugar substitutes
  • WWII era military equipment

You can supplement their reading – or your own lessons – with:

  • Three articles on Kentuckians and Kentucky in WWII from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
  • Five books, including Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Homefront during WWII

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