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PBS LearningMedia Feature Veterans Stories Across the Ages

November 10, 2015 - Posted in Education

In honor of Veterans Day, PSB LearningMedia will spotlight stories about veterans from around the country – and across the ages.

WWII – New Roles for Women and African Americans

On September 1, 1939, World War II was declared in Europe when Germany invaded Poland. The United States entered the war two years later on December 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attacked U.S. military and naval bases at Pearl Harbor. This was the first war in which women could serve on active duty, and the first war in which African Americans could fly planes in the U.S. military.

Although the Tuskegee Airmen faced severe discrimination in the U.S. and mandates of the Jim Crow laws in the south, they volunteered in large numbers to help fight in World War II. With Veterans Day (Nov. 11) approaching, share this segment of Iowa Public Television's “Iowa’s WWII Stories” with your class to help them learn more about the 332nd fighter group – it includes historical footage and profiles a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. WATCH:


Compelling Stories from the Battlefront

Military veterans are extraordinary — their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secure our freedoms. This PBS LearningMedia collection of videos, images, and lesson plans allow you to bring their compelling stories from the battlefront into American history and world history classrooms.

Students will explore the similarities and differences in veterans’ memories of World War II and Vietnam to uncover how these wars shaped American culture. Your class will also learn about everything from the experiences of men on the battlefield during D-Day, to the decision to drop the atomic bomb, to the events in Somalia in the early 1990’s that inspired the book (and movie) “Black Hawk Down.” EXPLORE:

Supported by ETV, PBS LearningMedia offers teachers more than 100,000 videos, images, interactives, lesson plans and articles drawn from critically acclaimed PBS programs and from expert content contributors like The National Archives and NASA. Educators in South Carolina are invited to sign up at


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