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The United States in a Time of Crisis (1929-1945)

What was life like for Americans during the Great Depression and World War II?

Topic 1: American Life in the Great Depression

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to American life and experiences during the Great Depression.

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Topic 2: Pearl Harbor

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to American public reaction to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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Topic 3: WWII European Front

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources focused on American involvement on the European front of World War II.

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Topic 4: Japanese Internment Camps

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to the American internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

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Topic 5: Teenagers in World War II: The Victory Corps

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources examining the role and impact of the Victory Corps during World War II.

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Topic 6: The Golden Age of Radio

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to the uses and popularity of radio as a means of mass communication in the 1940s.

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