November 19, 2021

Today In History: India Independence

Last Updated on August 15, 2021

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Today in History–August 15–the British formally recognized India’s independence and India and Pakistan were divided into separate territories. The partition left many on the wrong side of the border and terrible violence with mass casualties ensued. Click the links below to learn more.

India independence 1947 U.S. historical newspaper coverage

Modern-day U.S. legislation commemorating Indian independence

India independence mentions in India: A Country Study

1947 U.S. historical newspaper coverage India partition

1947 Partition Archives University of Cambridge, Centre of South Asian Studies Library

The Road to Partition 1939-1947 British National Archives lesson plan

World Spotlight: India

World Spotlight: Pakistan

December 2017: India-Pakistan Partition Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective Ohio State University

Partition of India: Survivors of 1947 riots recall horrors of India-Pakistan separation The Washington Post August 14, 2017

Asia, Texts, and Textiles at the Library of Congress: An Urdu Women’s Magazine from during Partition 4 Corners of the World blog July 16, 2020

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