Friday, June 29, 2012

Website Spotlight: The War

Website URL:

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students (I also use this particular website extensively in an upper-division course covering World War II) at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.


I ask the students to work through the following links:


1. War Production

2. Communication

a. News and Censorship

Fireside Chats

b. Letters and Diaries

Good material about V-Mail

c. Propaganda

3. Family

Rosie the Riveter
War Rationing and Stamps

4. Civil Rights

a. Japanese Americans

b. African-Americans and Mexican-Americans



1. Life in the Infantry

Use the right-hand sidebar to click through the personal recollections.

2. Face of Battle

a. Training

b. Combat

Sidebar: Role of Medics

c. Aftermath

Where American war dead are buried

Sidebar: Daniel Inouye: Even a decorated soldier in uniform experienced racial prejudice back home.

3. Timeline (by year: 1939-1945)

Good photos as you click through each year.

4. Fighting for Democracy

a. Japanese Americans

b. African Americans

Daniel Inouye: Transfusions of African-American blood saved his life.

c. Latino and Native Americans



Access these excellent compilations from the Search menu page:

Pearl Harbor
The Philippines (Bataan)
North Africa
Sicily and invasion of Italy
The Air War
Italy (Monte Cassino)
Italy (Anzio)
D-Day (June 6, 1944)
Philippine Sea (Marianas Turkey Shoot)
Northern Italy (442nd/100th RCT)
Holland (Operation Market Garden)
Hurtgen Forest
Vosges Mountains (The Lost Battalion)
Philippines (Leyte Gulf)
Battle of the Bulge
Iwo Jima
Firebombing (Germany and Japan)


Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page: 


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