The United States in a Time of Crisis (1929-1945)

What was life like for Americans during the Great Depression and World War II?

Topic 1: American Life in the Great Depression

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to American life and experiences during the Great Depression.

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Topic 2: Pearl Harbor

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to the American public’s reaction to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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Topic 3: WWII European Front

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources focused on American involvement on the European front of World War II.

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Topic 4: Japanese Internment Camps

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to the American internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

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Topic 5: Teenagers in World War II: The Victory Corps

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources examining the role and impact of the Victory Corps during World War II.

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Topic 6: The Golden Age of Radio

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to the uses and popularity of radio as a means of mass communication in the 1940s.

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Topic 7: The “Hays Code” and Motion Picture Censorship

This inquiry kit features primary and secondary sources about the Motion Picture Production Code of the 1930s, also known as the Hays Code, and its impact on the film industry.

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