Ken Burns Classroom

Lead Up to WWII

Ken Burns Film: The Roosevelts

Collections: Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 9-12

Video Run Time: 4:56

War begins to brew in Europe as Hitler’s ambitions grow beyond Germany’s borders and violent anti-Jewish pograms such as Kristallnacht are instigated throughout the country. FDR is concerned over the Nazi’s growing power and influence and seeks to arm his European allies, but public support at home is low.