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I have a bad habit of skipping around in documentaries that have multiple episodes/sections to them, and The History Channel’s America:The Story of Us was no exception.

Covering many of the major turning points of American history, I decided to start with episode 10—which focused on WWII—to see how the series would cover the impact of WWII on America as a nation.

While it was definitely an enjoyable watch with good cinematography, it was more of an overview of the war as a whole,with roughly half the documentary spent discussing how the war impacted those left on the home front. Some of those topics included women in the workforce, how it was America’s economic output that won the war (in that Japan and Germany were unable to keep up), and the role of African-American soldiers in the army.

While I learned a few new things and appreciated the quick pace that was kept, I wouldn’t recommend this documentary to those of you who are looking for a heavy or detailed look at WWII. I would, however, recommend this episode for the classroom, as it looks a little bit beyond the war and how it ushered America into being the superpower it became.

You can watch the entire series on Netflix, or you can watch the WWII episode here.

Have you seen this episode or watched America: The Story of Us? If so, what did you think of it? Discussion is always appreciated!

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