World War II
World War II was the second war to embattle the entire globe, lasting from 1939 to 1945. It not only witnessed the Holocaust and the nuclear bombings of Japan, but became the deadliest conflict in human history.
'Day of Infamy' Speech
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
The day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, FDR delivered this speech to the nation.
Charter of the United Nations
Fifty nations signed this international treaty in the aftermath of WWII.
Marshall Plan Speech
George Catlett Marshall
A speech outlining the plan to rebuild Europe after the devastation of WWII
Confirming the Termination of Japanese Internment
President Gerald R. Ford
The president confirms the termination of Japanese internment, years after the end of WWII.
Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
NPR reports on the relatively little-known WWII group WASP—the Women Airforce Service Pilots—who struggled for national and military recognition.
The Marshall Plan
The Marshall Plan was an American initiative intended to foster economic growth in Europe following the devastation caused by World War II.
The Rape of Nanking and a Forgotten Genocide
The historically tumultuous relationship between Japan and China is discussed and explained in this informational article.
How American Industry Won World War II
The role of American industry in securing victory for the Allies in World War II is explored in this article.
Nazi Summer Camp
Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, from RadioLab
This interview discusses the largest, but little known, prisoner of war camp that existed during World War II in the Southeastern United States.
General Eisenhower’s Order of the Day
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
In this note from World War II, General Eisenhower encourages his troops to defeat the enemy on the eve of the Invasion of Normandy.
Japanese Relocation during World War II
This informational text discusses the relocation and internment of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Winston Churchill’s ‘Never Give In’ Speech
Prime Minister Winston Churchill
In the midst of World War II, Winston Churchill rallies his audience by describing the United Kingdom’s resilient nature.
One Woman’s War Efforts During World War II
Veterans History Project
Lotte W. Goldschmidt Magnus, a World War II veteran, is interviewed about her experiences as a Jewish woman aiding the U.S. in WWII.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor
National Park Service
This informational text discusses the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as the extent of the damage to the naval base.
Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This informational text discusses the treatment of prisoners in Nazi concentration camps and their eventual liberation.
Reliving the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Veterans History Project
An interview with a war veteran explores the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
During World War II, a group of African American pilots were critical to the success of the U.S. Army, and their accomplishments led to the desegregation of the military.
The Legacy of Charles R. Drew
This informational text discusses the life and success of Charles R. Drew, an African American doctor who made great contributions to the field of medicine.
Introduction to World War II
This informational text discusses what led up to WWII, its progression, and eventual conclusion.