Cynthia Rose - American Decades Primary Sources. PDF

PDF The United States of the 1940s marked the beginnings of significant social and political change. Men were shipped off to fight in World War II, and women entered the workforce in larger numbers than ever before to hold down the homefront, earning a taste of what it meant to be independent. African Americans fought beside their white counterparts in the war and returned home unwilling to accept the inequality under which they'd lived for so long. The United States ushered in the nuclear age with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also solidified its role as an international leader by helping to rebuild Europe and Japan under the Marshall Plan. The Soviet Union —once an ally — became a feared enemy, and Americans looked for communists in their midst while the U.S. government shifted its policies from world war to Cold War. But while the government prepared to fight the communists, the public enjoyed the offerings of the first supermarkets. The following documents are just a sampling of the offerings available in this volume: The Life of John Brown, No. 17, painting by Jacob LawrenceLinus Pauling's research notebooksPhotographs of supermarkets in the 1940sWorld War II editorial cartoons by Dr. SeussRichard Wright's Blues, review of Wright's novel, Black Boy, by Ralph EllisonFarewell to Manzanar and A Teacher at Topaz memoirs of teachers in Japanese-American internment campsText facsimile of Greenlight letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Major League Baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis in 1942Interviews with Holocaust SurvivorsPhotographs of Eames Chairs by Ray and Charles EamesTestimony of J. Edgar Hoover before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)World War II ration stamp booklets issued by the U.S. governmentThe Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, by Dr. Benjamin Spock

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