Learning About Indiana History
Unit 5: Indiana in Modern Times
Inventions of the early 1900s changed the lives of Americans. Improved transportation and communication systems helped people to keep in touch and stay informed. When the United States entered World War I, the Hoosier state used its many factories to produce supplies for the war effort. In the 1930s, the United States fell into a period of economic crisis called the Great Depression that lasted until the early 1940s.
In 1941 the United States entered World War II. Once again, Hoosiers on the home front joined other Americans in supporting the war effort. After the war, members of the civil rights movement fought hard to end discrimination. At the same time the United States was involved in a rivalry with the Soviet Union called the Cold War. America's commitment to stopping the spread of communism led to its involvement in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
After the events of September 11, 2001, the United States launched a war on terrorism. This war led to the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. At the same time, many people in the United States believed Iraq was a threat to its neighbors. In 2003 the United States invaded Iraq.
4.1.10 Describe the participation of Indiana citizens in World War I and World War II.
Example: Home front activities such as planting victory gardens, air raid drills and rationing; the use of
Indiana steel mills to manufacture weapons; contributions of troops; and the war reports of
4.1.11 Identify & describe important events and movements that changed life in Indiana in the early 20th
Example: Women's Suffrage, the Great Depression, World War I, the African-American migration from the South, and World War II
4.1.12 Describe the transformation of Indiana through immigration and through developments in agriculture,
industry, and transportation.
Example: The impact of improved farming methods on Indiana agriculture, the development of
Indiana' automobile industry such as the Studebaker and the Duesenberg; the glass industry: the Ball Brothers; the growth of the steel industry in northern Indiana; and the immigration influence of cities and coal mining regions of the state.