The USA in World War Two
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.
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.
A range of badges, posters and articles providing caricatures of the enemy. Be warned: many of these are racially offensive.
Key policy documents exploring how and why the Roosevelt Administration chose to support the policy of internment.
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.
National Archives teaching site which also links to a range of primary source material.
Library of Congress site containing the photographer's gallery of images of one relocation centre in California.
A really useful gallery of images documenting the whole process of wartime internment.
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.
A collection of audio files of records expressing either anti-axis or pro-ally sentiments.
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.
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.
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.
11 pictures from the Office of War Information's archive at the Library of Congress. From factories across the USA, all in glorious Kodachrome.
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.