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Early 20th Century (1915-1950)

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Check this site for images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.
American Cultural History -- The Twentieth Century
Links to all kinds of cultural information about every decade of the century. Find out about fashion, music and fun, as well as politics and history.
A Catalog of Political Cartoons by Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel "was the chief editorial cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM (1940-1948), and for that journal he drew over 400 editorial cartoons." His cartoons are made available online in a special digital collection from the University of California, San Diego. The site can be searched by date or browed by subject.
Ellis Island
The History Channel takes visitors to Ellis Island to learn about its history and meaning today.
Freedom: A History of US: Democracy and Struggles
Covers the years immediately following World War II, using essays, photos, and a timeline. This site is part of the PBS site, "Freedom: A History of US," based on the book by Joy Hakim.
Freedom: A History of US: Depression and War
Examines the decades of the 1930s and 1940s in the U.S, using essays, photos, and a timeline. This site is part of the PBS site, "Freedom: A History of US," based on the book by Joy Hakim.
Freedom: A History of US: Safe for Democracy
Covers the period from the Wright Brothers until Lindbergh's flight, incorporating the story of the U.S. role in World War I. This site is part of the PBS site, "Freedom: A History of US," based on the book by Joy Hakim.
George & Ira Gershwin: The Official Web Site
Which is your favorite Gershwin tune? "Rhapsody in Blue?" "Summertime?" "An American in Paris?" This web site lets you listen to these and many other songs by the Gershwin brothers. Just make your choice from the Jukebox. Or, if you want to learn more about the this renowned musical team, explore the history links or check out their contributions to both film and broadway. (This site is best viewed with a 4.0+ browser, Flash plug-in, and DSL+.)
Negro Baseball Leagues
A collection of links to current news articles and other Web sites about the Negro Leagues.
Negro League Baseball Dot Com
Weekly player profiles and feature articles about the Negro Leagues, plus an FAQ file and archive of news about the topic.
New Deal Network
A database of photographs, political cartoons, and texts (speeches, letters, and other historic documents) from the New Deal period.
The Perilous Fight : America's World War II in Color
Color photographs, film clips, and personal histories of the men and women who helped the U.S. cause during World War II. Divided into different thematic areas, including The Battlefield, Psychology of War, The Home Front, and Social Aspects, each containg essays, photos and some film clips. Produced by Seattle Public Television.
Powers of Persuasion : Poster Art from World War II
An online exhibit of U.S. government posters that rallied the civilian public behind the war effort during World War II. From the files of the U.S. National Archives.
Sky High
A online exhibit of the history of aviation drawn from the picture collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries. The "Sky High" exhibit is divided into eight topical galleries of images from the Wisconsin Historical Images database.
Sweatshops in America, 1880-1940 : Tenement Sweatshops
Part of an online exhibit from the Smithsonian, this site features pictures and brief descriptions of conditions in the sweatshops of the late19th and early 20th centuries.
Tenement Museum/From Ellis Island to Orchard Street
"From Ellis Island to Orchard Street" produced by the Tenement Museum, is an online exhibition that allows students to learn what life is like for an immigrant to New York City in 1916. Students create an identity, experience steamship travel, arrive at Ellis Island, live in a tenemant and make decisions about earning a living in Lower East Side New York City. Video clips of an actress playing the role of an immigrant add context and relate helpful advice.
World War II Poster Collection
"The World War II-era posters featured in this site's database were collected and preserved by Northwestern University and issued by various U.S. government agencies." Users can research the collection by date, topic and title.

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