Jacob Lawrence And WWII Integration
Jacob Lawrence And WWII Integration
February 28, 2013

In 1943 America was deep into WWII oversees, but was also fighting a battle of inequality. The “Double V” campaign waged by many African Americans insisted that if they were to be fighting for their country abroad, they deserved equal rights at home. The Red Cross was segregating blood, and troops were not allowed to…

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From WWII to Hurricane Sandy: New-York Historical’s Public Service
From WWII to Hurricane Sandy: New-York Historical’s Public Service
February 14, 2013

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, New York mobilized for war, and the New-York Historical Society was no exception. As the city braced for possible enemy attack, the New-York Historical Society took precautions to protect the collection as its staff members departed for the Armed Forces and defense factories. Nine New-York Historical Society staff members…

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No Matter The Reason, Celebration In Times Square
No Matter The Reason, Celebration In Times Square
December 27, 2012

In a few days, thousands of people will brave the cold to ring in the new year in Times Square. The ball will drop, confetti will go up, couples will kiss, and there may be a celebratory drink or two. The mood in Times Square was much the same on VJ Day, which brought an…

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Your Stories of World War II
Your Stories of World War II
December 20, 2012

At the end of WWII & NYC, there is a phone booth labeled “Talk to Us,” where visitors have been leaving their comments, questions, and personal stories of World War II. Some remember what it was like to serve, others what it was like to hide under their desks at school during air raids, but…

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Protect Our Brassieres! WWII’s War On Lingerie
Protect Our Brassieres! WWII’s War On Lingerie
November 1, 2012

  When World War II broke out, men and women were both expected to give their all to support the war effort. For many women, that meant joining the ranks of the WAVES or becoming a defense worker. Women all over the country went to work building planes, ships, and other supplies for the men…

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History On Your Google Streetview
History On Your Google Streetview
October 18, 2012

Ever wonder what your neighborhood looked like 200 years ago? Wish you could see what historical events happened in your backyard? Well, Historypin is here to help. The website allows museums, historical and cultural organizations, libraries, and everyday people to tag images to a Google map, enabling visitors to “tour” the world through old photographs….

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What On Earth Is A Cyclotron?
What On Earth Is A Cyclotron?
September 27, 2012

During World War II, the US, UK, and Canada teamed up for a research and development program to develop the first atomic bomb, which would be nicknamed the Manhattan Project. After word spread that one of Hitler’s scientists had split an atom of uranium (a process known as fission), the Allies began work on creating…

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Japan Surrenders! The Documents of V-J Day
Japan Surrenders! The Documents of V-J Day
September 20, 2012

On September 2, 1945, the Japanese formally surrendered to the Allies, in a “twenty-minute ceremony which ended just as the sun burst through low-hanging clouds as a shining symbol to a ravaged world now done with war,” according to the New York Times.  “It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope of all mankind…

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Ken Follett Brings History Alive
Ken Follett Brings History Alive
August 23, 2012

The title of Ken Follett’s new book about life during World War II, Winter of the World, is quite literal. “The triumph of Stalin’s regime in the Soviet Union and Hitler’s regime in Central Europe was a bloody tragedy for the human race. The keynote of that whole period was the struggle against the worst…

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