U.S. History: The 1940s
[Dewey numbers: 973.917-8]
The Home Front  F.D.R.  The World at War  Holocaust

The U.S. in the Forties

The Forties: War and Peace
"It was the best of times and the worst of times: It's a Wonderful Life and six million Jewish deaths. ``White Christmas'' and black lists. Gas rationing and Guadalcanal. Casablanca and Hiroshima. V-2 rockets and V-J Day." A look at the 1940s by the Oak Ridge National Laboratories, where top secret projects were carried out with atomic energy.
America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI 1938-1944
Photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information, ca. 1938-1944. 1,600 Photographs of rural and small town America during the late 1930s and scenes of the defense and war mobilization effort from 1939-1944.
Edward R. Murrow: A WWW Information Source
Lots of material on the life of a major WWII journalist, Edward R. Murrow, who also had a great impact on American journalism.
Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America (1935-1955)
Over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, homes of notable Americans, and of several U.S. presidents, as well as color images of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. Many were commissioned by architects, designers, owners and architectural publications, and document important achievements in American 20th-century architecture and interior design.
Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964
1,400 Portraits of literary figures, artists, and celebrities; scenic views, mostly in the Northeast. Includes African Americans, celebrities and prominent individuals, scenic views. Consists of 1,395 photographs taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between 1932 and 1964. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait photographs of celebrities, including many figures from the Harlem Renaissance. A much smaller portion of the collection is an assortment of American landscapes.
Social Security History
Exceptionally well presented collection of information on the history of the Social Security program and Social Security Administration. A mix of general-interest material and items that may appeal primarily to scholars. Graphics and photos abound, and there are sound and video clips.
"Screwball Comedies"
A style of movie comedy that flourished during the Great Depression and into the first part of the 1940s decade. Helpful in understanding how Americans endured the hard times of that era.
Woody Guthrie
A popular folk singer and writer of the Thirties and Forties who had a major influence on American life, including Sixties rock music. Wrote: "This Land Is Your Land." From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Radio Days: Radio Broadcast History in Sound and Words
Major events and personalities in the history or Radio in America are presented here. Audio files allow for listening to parts of selected episodes (RealAudio required for listening).

The Presidency

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Digital Archives
10,000 digitized documents are found at this site, part of the FDR presidential library in Hyde Park, New York. See also the K-12 Learning Center for more general information about FDR.
New Deal Network
Information about Roosevelt's program dealing with the Great Depression. Includes a very wide variety of resources relating to the 1930sand 1940s, as affected by the New Deal.

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