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Articles at WorldHistory.us relating to Coverage of American social, cultural, and political history through stories about the people and events of this incredible era, from the crash on Wall Street in October 1929 to the celebration in Times Square in August 1945.

Home Front Headache: Rationing

“All RED and BLUE stamps in War Ration Book 4 are Worth 10 POINTS EACH. RED and BLUE TOKENS are WORTH 1 POINT EACH....

Tragic Tale of the Normandie Part 1: Smoke Across the Skyline

Admiral Adolphus Andrews, commander of the U.S. Navy’s Third Naval District, sat behind his desk at 90 Church Street in Manhattan; had he the...

Tragic Tale of the Normandie Part 2: Salvaged in Vain?

Like metals to magnets, are humans to tragedies. On Tuesday, February 10, 1942, the day after the Normandie fire, the New York Times estimated...

How Dry We Were: The Repeal of Prohibition

During a 1928 congressional hearing on national prohibition, Pauline Morton Sabin, niece of the Morton Salt founder and wife of the chairman of the...

The Sound of an Era

On the evening of August 21, 1935, a dilapidated bus carrying the Benny Goodman Band pulled up in front of Los Angeles’s Palomar Ballroom....

The Big BOO!

A man in Pittsburgh opened his front door and heard a sad voice; the voice came from the radio and seemed to be mourning...

The Dark Days of 1942

Both December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001 are forever wrapped in infamy. But the relatively quick reaction of overwhelming military force displayed in...

D-Day USA

In the early hours of Tuesday, June 6, 1944, in New York City’s Times Square, a group of cab drivers, a cop on the...

The Birth of LIFE magazine

In 1936 Henry Luce had the motive, means, and money to publish a national picture magazine; so he did. The first issue hit the...

Leaking V-E Day

Adolph Hitler’s suicide, in his Berlin bunker on April 30, 1945, led to the European war’s final act — the German surrender. After Hitler’s...
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The Pathfinder – John C. Fremont

John Charles Fremont can claim several firsts as a presidential candidate. He was the first western candidate, coming from California less than six years...

Al Smith – The Happy Warrior

In 1928, the Democrats nominated Al Smith of New York for President. Al Smith was the son of Irish immigrants and a self-made man....

The Great Commoner – William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan was the youngest man ever to be nominated for president by a major party. He was also the only man to...