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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.

War Hysteria

A man on horseback galloping through the streets of an American city shouting warnings of the approaching enemy — Boston 1775? No, Seattle 1941....

FDR’s Press Conferences

“They tell me that this won’t work” FDR told a shocked group of newsmen in March 1933. The reporters were standing around the president’s...

The Hollywood Victory Caravan

On a late April afternoon in 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt stood on the White House lawn greeting a reception line of Hollywood stars. When each...

Casablanca and the Missing Reference

This holiday season marks sixty years since the premiere, on Thanksgiving Day 1942, of Warner Brother’s classic motion picture, Casablanca. Many myths have arisen...

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...

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...

America’s First Winter Olympics

Fear and apprehension gripped the officials at Lake Placid, New York, on the afternoon of February 4, 1932. Even New York’s governor, although grinning...

The Bund

A 60-foot likeness of George Washington hung from the rafters at Madison Square Garden on the night of February 20, 1939. Also hanging from...

Seabiscuit’s Triple Crown

During the 1930s the great horse Seabiscuit won races. Now in the twenty-first century the famous thoroughbred’s chroniclers have brought home an entertainment triple...

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...