Library of Congress
The Great Depression and World War II (1929 - 1945)
- Amelia Earhart — Detailed background on the aviatrix, who disappeared in 1937.
- America in the 1930s — A look at the decade of the Great Depression through film, literature, art, and radio. From the American Studies Department at the University of Virginia.
- The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb — Numerous primary source documents on the decision, including pages from President Truman’s diary, plus lesson plans. From the Truman Library.
- Densho Educational Website — Excellent print material on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, plus an archive of videotaped oral histories with Japanese Americans who experienced the internment.
- Dr. Seuss Went to War: A Catalog of Political Cartoons by Dr. Seuss — The University of California, San Diego makes available the more than 400 war-era political cartoons drawn by Dr. Seuss. These cartoons will surprise students and teachers alike and should stimulate great discussion.
- Education by Design — One of the lesser known aspects of the WPA program involved creation of architectural models, dioramas, and other objects for use in museums and other educational settings. This site from the Broward County (FL) Library presents images of more than 700 of these objects.
- Farming in the 1930s — The Wessels Living History Farm provides this site on the challenges of farming in the 1930s, as well as a similar site on the 1940s, which highlights the impact of the war on farming.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum — Thousands of primary sources from the Roosevelt presidency, plus biographies of the President and First Lady and “scholarly” games in which students are challenged to search for evidence (clues) in solving historical problems.
- Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum — Biographies of Lou and Herbert Hoover, primary sources from Hoover’s presidency, and materials especially for students and teachers.
- Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum — Exhibits demonstrating the impact of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
- Historical Fiction: World War II — Staff at the Weber County (Utah) library provide an annotated list of historical fiction set during World War II and appropriate for reading by students.
- Korematsu v. United States — Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society provide detailed teaching materials on this landmark case related to internment of Japanese Americans.
- Lesson Ideas for the Great Depression — The State of Michigan provides several lesson ideas, with source materials, for teaching about the Depression.
- Looking Back at the Crash of `29 — This site provides a historical analysis of the crash, along with New York Times coverage of the collapse at the time it occurred.
- National World War II Memorial — This site from the new memorial includes a teacher's guide with lesson plans for every grade level and primary sources.
- National World War II Museum — Numerous fact sheets and other resources about D-Day and World War II generally.
- Native Words, Native Warriors — A multimedia presentation on the Native American “code talkers” in World Wars I and II. From the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
- New Deal Network — Documents and photos related to the New Deal, plus lesson plans and links. A project of the Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia University and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.
- Powers of Persuasion: Poster Art from World War II — Collection of 11 posters the U.S. government used to mobilize public opinion during World War II. Provided by the National Archives and Records Administration.
- Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century — This site from the University of Texas provides an interactive timeline, beginning with Herbert Hoover, plus descriptions of significant events in each president’s term of office.
- Remembering the Flint Sit-down Strike — An “audio gallery” related to a Flint, Michigan, strike by the United Auto Workers in 1936-1937.
- Remember.org — Oral histories, art, lesson plans, student work, discussion groups, and much more on the Holocaust. Maintained by Mike Dunn, director of the Cybrary of the Holocaust.
- Rutgers Oral History Archives — Transcripts of interviews with more than 200 people who were young adults during World War II.
- Scottsboro Boys’ Trials — Detailed information on the infamous case of the 1930s that highlighted the injustice African Americans faced in the court system.
- Studs Terkel: Conversations with America — The Chicago Historical Society has made available oral history interviews conducted by Studs Terkel for his books (including Hard Times and The Good War) and radio program.
- Surviving the Dust Bowl — A timeline, maps, interviews, and background information to accompany the PBS American Experience program on the Dust Bowl.
- Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust — The Florida Center for Instructional Technology provides a timeline, information about groups of people affected by the Holocaust, artwork, student activities, and more.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — Online exhibits, links, and information about educational opportunities related to the Holocaust.
- Victory Mail — The Smithsonian presents this site on the special mail service used to deliver mail to U.S. military personnel serving overseas in World War II.
- The Great Depression and World War II
- World War II: Documents — Primary source documents on World War II. Maintained by the Avalon Project at Yale University sons, interviews, and other resources supporting the new Ken Burns documentary on World War II.
- World War II — Ohio State University presents this site on World War II, which includes oral histories, essays, timelines, biographies of key figures, and more.
- World War II — The history of the Second World War from the British point of view.
- World War II — This issue of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s journal History Now presents articles by leading scholars on the war and its aftermath, plus lessons for all grade levels.
- World War II Photos — The National Archives present some of the best-known photographs of the war, plus links to numerous other photos documenting the war effort.
- World War II Poster Collection — More than 300 posters issued by government agencies during the war years. From Northwestern University Library.
- World War II Remembered — Scholastic provides student activities and oral histories on various aspects of World War II.