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Workers Win the War

Toil and Sacrifice on the US Homefront

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.


Travel back in time to the WWII American homefront. Experience first-hand how the government mobilized public support for the war through higher taxes, hard work and sacrifice. Contrast that era with our "homefront" experience today, when only our troops and their families have been asked to make sacrifices for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This book is rich with interactive widgets that showcase WWII media -  80 posters, 18 films, cartoons, radio broadcast, recording and sheet music and a dozen rarely-seen pamphlets - from Bugs Bunny selling bonds in blackface, to Burns and Allen joking on the radio about rationing, to posters claiming taking a sick day was treasonous.

It's your chance to be the historian as provocative questions guide you through the archives while building your critical thinking / Common Core skills. The book also provides web access to the public domain content so you can remix the historic documents into your own projects.

"Workers Win the War" is an enhanced, multi-touch book written by Peter Pappas, a well-known teacher, instructional designer and educational blogger.

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Customer Reviews

Another Amazing Book

Peter's first book was great. I didn't think he could make another book that seemed as new and fresh as the first. I was wrong. Peter has a great sense of how to make a book look. This book is full of wonderful images, audio and video. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in war history. Amazing. Well done Peter! Well done!

A Significant Resource for Today's Learners

Workers Win the War is an impressive companion to Peter Pappas' first book Why We Fight. His skillful combination of photographic, audio and visual sources, supported by brief, concise text and probing questions, stimulates the student to interact with primary sources on multiple levels. Particularly noteworthy is the selection of governmental propaganda posters which have been precisely organized in a manner that will cause the " reader" to reach conclusions about the American worker of WW II compared to the American worker today. The new portrait format enables the student to view each poster full screen - very helpful for analysis. A rich array of resources, including a selection of rarely viewed pamphlets, encourages a historian's stance of inquiry. As with the first book, Why We Fight, the format and organization allow for independent, small group or large group instruction which makes the material suitable for traditional classrooms, tutorials, and on-line classrooms. The book fosters learning behaviors explicit in the Common Core Standards, such as: comprehending, critiquing, evaluating evidence, understanding multiple perspectives, reading closely and reading analytically. This book exemplifies the direction history study must assume to be meaningful to students.

An eTextbook for Thinking

This collection of primary source materials for the study of American History is all the more valuable and useful because of the skillful inclusion of questions and activities that call for Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). The critical difference is that other texts aim at learning historical facts whereas "Workers Win the Way" by Peter Pappas focuses on learning how to link as an historian would.

Workers Win the War
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  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: Nov 13, 2014
  • Publisher: Edteck Designs for Learning, Inc.
  • Seller: Edteck Designs for Learning, Inc
  • Print Length: 61 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.2
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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