The USA in World War Two

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PBS: The War
PBS: The War
The companion site to Ken Burn's study of World War Two. Contains a good number of useful clips, images, documents and oral histories. Use the 'search and explore' function.
"Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
"Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
How did Americans react to the attack on Pearl Harbor? Folk-song collector/archivist Alan Lomax sent out teams to interview the public and record the results. You can listen to their views on this Library of Congress page.
Authentic History Center: Anti-Japanese Ephemera
Authentic History Center: Anti-Japanese Ephemera
A range of badges, posters and articles providing caricatures of the enemy. Be warned: many of these are racially offensive.
FDR Library: FDR & Japanese American Internment - Key Documents
FDR Library: FDR & Japanese American Internment - Key Documents
Key policy documents exploring how and why the Roosevelt Administration chose to support the policy of internment.
Images of Japanese-American Relocation
Images of Japanese-American Relocation
The USC digital archive holds over 200 photos of the Relocation experience from the Hearst-owned Los Anegeles Examiner. Each photo is presented with the original description creating a resource documenting both the exeperience and local attitudes.
Teaching With Documents: Japanese Relocation During World War II
Teaching With Documents: Japanese Relocation During World War II
National Archives teaching site which also links to a range of primary source material.
Ansel Adams’s Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
Ansel Adams’s Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
Library of Congress site containing the photographer's gallery of images of one relocation centre in California.
Atlantic Monthly: 45 images of relocation/internment
Atlantic Monthly: 45 images of relocation/internment
A really useful gallery of images documenting the whole process of wartime internment.
Calisphere: JARDA
Calisphere: JARDA
The Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive contains lesson plans, diaries, photographs, paintings. An incredible depth of material presented in an easy accessible way. For example: try to find the teenage diary of Stanley Hayami - a brilliant insight into internment and the efforts of the US government to test the loyalty of the citizens they had imprisoned.
Authentic History Center: Anti Axis Music
Authentic History Center: Anti Axis Music
A collection of audio files of records expressing either anti-axis or pro-ally sentiments.
Dr. Seuss Went to War
Dr. Seuss Went to War
Better known for his children's books, this site from UCSD features a searchable database of Theodore Seuss Geisel's editorial cartoons from World War Two. A useful resource for exploring how the American media portrayed/reflected/commented on the war.
Powers of Persuasion: Poster Art of World War Two
Powers of Persuasion: Poster Art of World War Two
From Flagg's Uncle Sam, to Rosie the Riveter, this site explores and explains the role of government posters in creating unity of purpose on a home front with no direct experience of war.
The Real Rosie the Riveter Project
The Real Rosie the Riveter Project
This NYU site offers over 30 online interviews with women who contributed to the US war effort. How did their participation affect their lives? A great resource.
Flickr: Rose the Riveter Photos from the OWI Collection
Flickr: Rose the Riveter Photos from the OWI Collection
11 pictures from the Office of War Information's archive at the Library of Congress. From factories across the USA, all in glorious Kodachrome.
The American Factory Women of World War Two
The American Factory Women of World War Two
Sarah Hawke's page for History Scene provides a wealth of source material - including a number of interviews - exploring how and where women worked in defense industries during the war, and what this meant to them.