The Second World War was about patriotism, community, and sacrifice for both the men and women abroad and those at home. With the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor this December, this workshop will discuss ways to incorporate the stories of Philadelphians during the war into classroom lesson plans.
This teacher workshop, jointly presented by HSP and History Making Productions (HMP), will provide educators with primary source materials from WWII, including personal diaries, posters, and scrapbooks.
Participants will get to see first-hand, using HSP's collections, the effects of the war on average citizens.
In particular, attendees will view a film by HMP that focuses on the impact of the transit strike here in Philadelphia. This local issue quickly became a federal issue, with war production hindered at a time when Americans were supposed to be united in their common defense.
In addition, the workshop will also explore the effects of Pearl Harbor, advertising, working conditions, and military mobilization. Topics will include the women’s movement, incorporating WASP and WAVES, and the Stage Door Canteen, as well as pictures, papers, and media of Philadelphians both here and abroad.