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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 Egg-Boiling Experiment

On Wednesday, December 2, 1942, Chicago’s weather turned frigid — ten degrees Fahrenheit and a howling wind. Underneath the unheated west stands of the...

Santa’s List 1938

In the autumn of 1938, Kaufmann’s Department Store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, decided to survey their customers to see what gifts they really wanted for...

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...

The Dragon Lady Conquers America, Part 2

On Thursday morning, February 18, 1943, crowds of curious onlookers huddled together near Capitol Hill. Every ten feet on the road leading to the...

Wartime Baseball

On a cold January day six weeks after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt answered a letter from baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis...

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 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...

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...

Broadcasting from the Bottom of the World

A collapsible organ, a piano, and a man who could do “double tremolos on the harmonica.” If you guessed a 1930s evening by the...

Musical Chairs Part 2

In 1941, James Caesar Petrillo, the outspoken president of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), commissioned a study to determine whether the use of...