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(1929- 1945) Depression & World War II


America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945
"The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation." - Intro. The site is part of the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress and can be searched by subject.
America in the 1930's
"We have elected to view the 1930s through the lenses of its films, radio programs, literature, journalism, museums, exhibitions, architecture, art, and other forms of cultural expression." - Intro. This University of Virginia presentation is beautifully executed.
Huey Long
Huey Long, one of the most colourful personalities of the 1930's, merits this informative site hosted by the U.S. Social Security Administration. It includes excerpts from 2 biographies, the official Senate biography, and information on Long's "Share the Wealth" program.
New Deal Network Links
Links is a rich gateway to numerous New Deal resources. Sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and based at Columbia University, the site has received considerable recognition. Photos, documents, lesson plans, essays, syllabi, letters to Mrs. Roosevelt, oral history, K-12 projects, and multimedia resources are included.
Powers of Persusion: Poster Art from World War II
"Guns, tanks, and bombs were the principal weapons of World War II, but there were other, more subtle forms of warfare as well. Words, posters, and films waged a constant battle for the hearts and minds of the American citizenry just as surely as military weapons engaged the enemy." Intro. The site is based on a 1994-95 exhibit sponsored by the U.S. National Archives.
The Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Color
Witness and explore the events of  World War II through rare color film and letters from a nation redefining itself.  Topics include the battlefield, psychology of war, the home front and social aspects. An interactive timeline from 1933 to 1945 places the events in perspective.
Voices from the Dust Bowl
Part of the Library of Congress's American Memory Project, Voices "is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. This collection consists of audio recordings, photographs, manuscript materials, publications, and ephemera." - Intro.

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