Ken Burns Classroom

World War II Begins

Ken Burns Film: The Roosevelts

Collections: Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 9-12

Video Run Time: 12:07

Germany invades Poland and the United Kingdom declares war on Germany. Europe falls slowly and inexorably toward a world war. FDR declares the US as a neutral nation but urges Americans not to be neutral in thought. With an outdated, poorly equipped military and the memory of the first world war still acute, the public is afraid of being pulled into another war in Europe.