October 22, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Tuskegee Airmen

Online exhibition itemsTuskegee Airmen Breaking Flight Barriers Tuskegee Airmen with Lena Horne The 332nd Fighter GroupTuskegee Airmen image setTuskegee Airmen in Art Exhibit The Detroit Tribune. (Detroit, Mich.), 01 Sept. 1945Tuskegee pilots historical newspaper coverage332nd Fighter Group historical newspaper coverage332nd Fighter Group veteran oral history collectionsWWII Reunion: Tuskegee Airmen streaming webcastPatriotism, Courage, Discipline, Skill … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Enemy Aliens & Internment During the World Wars

World War IHistorical newspaper coverageEnemy alien historical newspaper coverage 1917-19 German internment historical newspaper coverage 1917-19Political cartoonsStripped! N.Y. Evening World c1917 Showing them up - see the Herald's enemy alien list I April 12, 1917 The Limit New York Herald March 3, 1918 The Breath of the Hun New York Herald March 28, 1918ImagesInternment camp, Fort Douglas Street of internment camp, Fort Douglas Germans being … [Read more...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: U.S. History Mid-20th Century

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted.Social Conflict During War: Japanese Internment background & primary sourcesConscientious Objectors in World War IIConscientious objectors' benefits : hearing before a subcommittee of the Committee on Military Affairs, United States Senate August … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Europe Is Getting Hot

Zoom into this political cartoon (.pdf). Fill out a primary source analysis tool to help you look deeply at this source and discover what information it was attempting to convey.In your analysis, did you recognize any of the people? Read the curator note to find out the names of the people the creator depicted in this political cartoon. Then choose one person to research to find out more about his role in World War II. Summarize your findings in a paragraph.Review the primary source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: V-E Day & V-J Day

V-E Day celebrates the Allied World War II victory in Europe and V-J Day the victory over Japan.V-E Day image setV-J Day image setV-E Day historical newspaper coverageV-J Day historical newspaper coverageLegislationA concurrent resolution to pay tribute to the American Veterans of World War II on the 40th anniversary of V-E Day H.Con.Res.141, 99th Congress (1985-1986) Recognizing the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day during World War II H.Res.233, 109th … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – World War II & Beyond

Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to the 1930s and beyond. Links to more NHD follow this resource list.The Veterans Administration: Leading the Fight for Veterans Rights … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Dwight D. Eisenhower

From America’s Library: Dwight D. EisenhowerBorn: October 14, 1890 Died: March 28, 1969Dwight David Eisenhower was an inspiring military leader, best-selling author, head of Columbia University, and president of the United States. As the top American general and later Allied Supreme Commander in the European theater, he directed Allied forces in World War II to victories in North Africa and Italy and coordinated the massive and successful D-Day invasion of France. Extraordinarily … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Entrance to Manzanar

Manzanar War Relocation Center photographsWhere is your eye drawn to first in the photograph? Why do you think the photographer wanted you to focus on this portion of the photo?Zoom into this photograph (online | .pdf). Investigate other details you see in the photo. What do these details add to the overall story that the picture tells? What do you think the photographer wanted people to think or feel when looking at this image?Delve deeper into this topic by reviewing some of the … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Ukraine

Ukraine primary source set World Digital LibraryUkraine image setUkraine mapsHistoric U.S. newspaper coverage of Ukraine (through 1922)Songs of UkraineUkrainian sheet musicForeign Affairs oral histories mentioning UkraineFirst Lieutenant Clotilde Kaluta oral history video - WW II service locations: England & UkraineOdessa: Genius & Death in a City of Dreams streaming webcastU.S. legislation related to Ukraine (through 2013) current legislationGuide … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Great Depression & World War II Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about the period 1929-1945. At the depths of the great depression, which followed the stock market crash in October 1929, over one-quarter of the American workforce was out of work. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted a variety of "New Deal" programs and told U.S. citizens that there was nothing to fear but fear itself. Although the United States tried to stay out of World War II, eventually, the wartime economy would … [Read more...]