Transforming America: Tennessee on the World War II Homefront

Grades: 5-12

From scrap drives and rations books to the Secret City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee played an integral role in the World War II war effort. In this trunk, students will learn about the sacrifice and achievements that Tennesseans made during one of the major turning points in our history. 

Trunk activities will focus on many of these sacrifices and hardships as well as war strategy that concentrated on using propaganda to affect public opinion. 

One lesson in particular will investigate the secret world that permeated Oak Ridge during the development of the nuclear bomb. Students will simulate this world by working in groups on very secretive projects that will culminate with them having simulated the development of a nuclear bomb. The class will then ponder and discuss the results of nuclear warfare at the end of the war. 

Trunk Highlights include:

  • Historical photographs of the Homefront
  • 10 full size color propaganda posters from World War II
  • DVD documentary Secret City: The Oak Ridge Story


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The State Museum is currently CLOSED at this location and scheduled to open at a NEW location in October 2018
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

The Tennessee Military Branch Museum is open for visitors.
Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
301 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37243
FREE ADMISSION
 

 

 

 

 
 
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