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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.

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...

New Year’s Day 1929: Which Way the Future?

The huge crowd gathered in Times Square on December 31, 1928, did not know that the “New Era” of eternal good times, proclaimed by...

Happy Franksgiving?

Toward the end of the 1942 movie Holiday Inn staring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire (this movie introduced Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”), a November...

Five Seconds in Miami

Guiseppe Zangara's stomach "always hurt." The 33 year-old Italian immigrant bricklayer held and lost numerous jobs from New Jersey to California following his 1923...

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....

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....

Musical Chairs Part 1

Something was missing from the radio air waves on January 1, 1941 — the music of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins and hundreds...

The Peacetime Draft Comes to America

On May 8, 1940, a small group of middle-aged men representing the Executive Committee of the Second Corps Area, Military Training Camps Association(MTCA) met...

World War II National Memorial Dedication Day

By its nature this topic deals with the past, but this month’s story concerns a future event taking place at the end of May:...

The Lindberghs’ Summer Excursion Part 2

Charles Lindbergh flew the seaplane Sirius through the Arctic fog, while Anne Lindbergh sat behind him with her head down listening on her earphones...