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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.

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...

The Dragon Lady Conquers America, Part 1

Cornell Newton Shelton, known as C.N., stood freezing in the pre-dawn darkness of Chengtu, China. Shelton, an American bush pilot, preferred jockeying planes around...

POW Exposition

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Greening and his fellow ex-prisoners of war were crushed. They had collected 56 crates of American ingenuity–POW handicraft–while waiting at their...

The Lindberghs’ Summer Excursion Part 1

By 1931 Charles Lindbergh had acquired the aura of the world’s greatest aviator and hero. He had also acquired a young wife, and one...

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...

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...

An Evening by the Radio

Let’s travel back in time to a spring afternoon in New York City during World War II. The time is 5:30 p.m. on a...

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...

The Bonus March

The commanding general believed the situation was well in hand; he would continue his advance towards the river and save his nation from disaster....

The Year the Tax Man Did Not Cometh

At the close of 1941, Henry Morgenthau had the toughest job any treasury secretary ever faced — finance the Second World War. The United...