U.S. History: The 1950s
[Dewey numbers: 973.918-9]

General Resources  Cold War  Korean War  Nuclear War & Weapons

General Resources

The Literature & Culture of the American 1950s - http://www.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/home.html
Large set of well-organized links to resources related to the culture and politics of the 1950's. Lots of primary materials and personal observations of the events and issues.
1950s-1970s: Social Reform - http://www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu/themed_collections/topics6.html
Calisphere is the University of California's online collection of primary source materials about California history. This particular page takes you to documents about the civil rights movement, the Free Speech movement, Watts, and the struggle for social justice.
The Beat Begins: America in the 1950s - http://www.inform.umd.edu/EdRes/Colleges/HONR/HONR269J/.WWW/links.html
Online course resources for an honors course on 1950s at the University of Maryland. Includes sections on general information, plus literary, music, movies, consumer culture, science and technology.
LitKicks - http://www.charm.net/~brooklyn/LitKicks.html
All about the Fifties "Beat Generation" writers. An excellent collection of links as part of an extended essay.
The Fifties Web - http://www.fiftiesweb.com/fifties.htm
The popular culture of 1950s explored on this Web site. Links are provided to television, music, movies, and Elvis!
Eisenhower Center - http://history.cc.ukans.edu/heritage/abilene/ikectr.html
Information about the man who was president from 1953 to 1961. Also has links to Eisenhower as a military leader during World War II. (University of Kansas)
The Fifies: Glory Days - http://www.ornl.gov/swords/fifties.html
This is a chapter in the life of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a nuclear laboratory, which is examined with respect to American culture of the decade of the Fifties.
Media History Timeline: The 1950s - http://www.mediahistory.com/time/1950s.html
This is a site which allows you to examine the way that media developed technologically during the 1950s.
Yahoo! Music 1950s - http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Music/History/1950s/
Yahoo links to Doo Wop Nation, the history of rock, oldies and music of the 1950s.

Cold War

Cold War Hot Links - http://www.stmartin.edu/~dprice/cold.war.html
Many Web resources relating to the Cold War. "These links are to webpages which other people have created and like most things on the net, they run the entire spectrum of political thought and vary greatly in quality. Nonetheless, they do provide web-surfers with some interesting views and information on the Cold War and the National Security State."
Yahoo! Cold War - http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/History/By_Time_Period/20th_Century/Cold_War/
Yahoo's links to Web sites about the Cold War. Included are the subtopics of: Berlin Airlift, Conferences; Cuban Missile Crisis, Espionage, Hollywood Blacklist, Korean War, McCarthyism, Nuclear Arms Race, Red Scare, Space Race, and Vietnam War.
Cold War Overview (About.com) - http://history1900s.about.com/homework/history1900s/cs/coldwaroverview/index.htm
"At the end of World War II, a rivalry began between the United States and the Soviet Union called the Cold War. Learn more about the Cold War through these resources."
CNN: Cold War - http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cold.war/episodes/01/
CNN has provided this site as a complement to its special on the Cold War.You can investigate each of the series' 24 episodes, investigate the Cold War experience through links to culture, technology, espionage and "the bomb." There is also a a collection of reference materials, a place to  debate abd discuss issues, a page to test your knowledge and an educator's guide to the topic.
Cold War - http://www.ibiblio.org/expo/soviet.exhibit/coldwar.html
This site from the Library of Congress Soviet Archives Exhibit examines the postwar U.S.-Soviet split. It includes hypermedia versions of three documents important to the relationship between the two superpowers.
Senator Joe McCarthy - A Multimedia Celebration - http://webcorp.com/mccarthy/
Audio and other files from the Senator who inflamed anti-Soviet feeling during the early 1950s.
Human Radiation Experiments - http://tis.eh.doe.gov/ohre/
The U.S. Department of Energy's Web site on U.S. military's secret use of civilians for experiments from the early 1940s through the early 1970s.
The Cold War Museum - http://www.coldwar.org/
"The Cold War Museum is ... dedicated to education, preservation, and research on the global, ideological, and political confrontations between East and West from the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Soviet Union." Their Web site includes timelines and a Spy Tour of Washington, D.C.
The Berlin Wall - http://www.webster.monroe.edu/spry/BerlinWall.html
This Web site has links to several different sites with information about the wall built between East and West Berlin by the Germans in 1961 and eventually torn down in 1989. Developed for an 8th grade German class by their teacher Christine Dunne.
Nazi and East German Propaganda - http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/
The German Propaganda Archive, sponsored by Calvin College, "includes both propaganda itself and material produced for the guidance of propagandists. The goal is to help people understand the two great totalitarian systems of the 20th century [nazism and communism] by giving them access to the primary material."

Korean War

Eyewitness: A North Korean Remembers - http://www.kimsoft.com/korea/eyewit.htm
One person's account of the war, causes and effects. Korean account of history from 1930 to 1955. Contains photos and excerpts from recently declassified US, Chinese, and Russian documents.
Korean War Project - http://www.onramp.net/~hbarker/
Links to history and reference, maps, memorials, recollections, POW/MIA information, and more.
Yahoo! Korean War - http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/History/By_Time_Period/20th_Century/1950s/Korean_War/
Yahoo's links to information about the Korean War. The one subtopic is a link to veterans.
Korean War Veterans National Museum and Library -
Information about the museum's development program and activities.
Korean War 50th Anniversary - http://www.tcsaz.com/koreanwar.html
This site is "dedicated to all those who served their country during the Korean War, especially those who paid the ultimate price and those who suffered as POWs."
13th Bomb Squadron Association - http://www.13thbombsquadron.org/
This site has the history of the USAF bomb squadron during the Korean War. Features pictures of planes, photographs, oral histories, and more.

Nuclear Weapons & The Arms Race

Nuclear Links
From the UC Berkeley, Department of Nuclear Engineering, this is a huge collection of links to all things nuclear.
Todd's Atomic Home Page
This site has links to all sorts of information about nuclear energy issues including physics, reactors, medical, waste, testing, opposition, engineering, fusion, government, universities, data, and jobs. One link is toWeaponswhich discusses all aspects of atomic and nuclear weapons from World War II to the present.
Decision: Hiroshima-Nagasaki
How it was decided to drop the atomic bomb to end World War II. Includes link to many other sites about the decision to end the war by bombing Japan.
Leo Szilard Home Page
An anti-bomb physicist shares secret information. This information is maintained by a major researcher into the life and work of Leo Szilard.
Nagasaki Journey
A photo essay on the atomic bomb blast at Nagasaki, Japan.
Enola Gay
The aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima is memorialized in an online exhibit from the National Air and Space Museum.
Traces of the Atomic Age
"TRACES of the Atomic Age is the digital on-line version of a complex multimedia project that reconstructs and represents fragments of information of the Atomic Age.... The TRACES website serves as an expanding database of information that invites discussion of issues related to the Atomic Age."
Bureau of Atomic Tourism
Visit sites where atomic and nuclear weapons have been exploded.
Radiation Effects Research Foundation
This Japanese institution provides information about medical effects of radiation on humans.
New Nuclear Infrastructure
Report to the government on nuclear presence.
Reducing Nuclear Danger
U.S. Department of Energy planning document. (RAND Corporation)
The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Project
True cost of atomic weapons is estimated by the Brookings Institution, a think tank located in Washington, D.C.
Atomic Costs
The executive summary of a government report on over-all cost of nuclear weapons. (U.S. Dept. of Energy's Office of Environmental Managment)
The Committee on Nuclear Policy
"The Committee on Nuclear Policy is a unique collaborative effort by the directors of over fifteen independent research projects. The Committee facilitates cooperation among the projects so that their expertise and analyses can be made available to journalists, policy analysts, and policy-makers in a timely and usable fashion. The Committee is a joint project  housed at the Henry L. Stimson Center."

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