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Twentieth Century

General Twentieth Century Sites

Pittsburgh Region


United States

  • American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century
    The purpose of these pages is to present a series of web guides on the decades of the twentieth century. The pages are being prepared by the Reference Librarians of Kingwood College Library (North Harris Montgomery Community College District), Kingwood, Texas
  • American Memory Project
    From the Library of Congress
  • eHistory
    Ohio State University's History Department has created this website that includes multimedia Histories, Primary Sources and Reviews. Included are such multimedia histories as "The Strike at Homestead", "Coal Mining in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era," and "Excerpts from The Pittsburgh Survey".
  • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
    • American Masters
      A WNET series profiling famous American cultural artists.
    • People's Century
      A PBS series from 1998 that portrays personal accounts of dramatic and important 20th century events.
  • Smithsonian: Between A Rock and a Hard Place: a history of American Sweatshops from 1820 to the Present
    An exhibit that was put online covering information about the seamstress from 1820-1880, the tenement sweatshops from 1880-1940, and the resurgence of sweatshops from 1940-1997.
  • Without Sanctuary: Photographs and Postcards of Lynchings in American
    "Searching through America's past for the last 25 years, collector James Allen uncovered an extraordinary visual legacy: photographs and postcards taken as souvenirs at lynchings throughout America. With essays by Hilton Als, Leon Litwack, Congressman John Lewis and James Allen, these photographs have been published as a book "Without Sanctuary" by Twin Palms Publishers . Please be aware before entering the site that much of the material is very disturbing. We welcome your comments and input through the forum section."
    Like the Jewish holocaust, this aspect of American history reminds us of man's inhumanity to man. We link to this site so that we might remember that injustices can happen here.

World War II

  • Children of the Camps
    A PBS documentary about 6 of the 120,000 Japanese Americans that the US government confined to bleak, remote internment camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards during World War II, without due process of law or any factual basis.
  • Day of Infamy 1941-2001
    A digital exhibit commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, from the Joyner Library, East Carolina University.
  • Dr. Seuss Went to War
    A Catalog of Political Cartoons by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-1991) from the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California at San Diego.
  • The Internment of German Americans in the US during World War II
    "Unknow to most Americans, more than 10,000 Germans and German-Americans were interned in the U.S. during the Second World War." This web site contains research materials on the wartime treatment of U.S. and Latin Americans of German ancestry for serious researchers, students and persons seeking general information.
  • Normandy 1944
    An Encyclopedia Britannica site documenting the background and history of the invasion of Normandy by the Allied forces in World War II.
  • Ration Coupons on the Home Front, 1942-1945
    When the United States entered the war in 1942, the Office of Price Administration (OPA) oversaw the distribution of rationing coupons for essential war materials, such as rubber, gasoline, food and sugar. Most commodities where removed from rationing by the end of 1945 except for sugar, which continued to be rationed into 1947. A digital collection at the Duke University Libraries.
  • "What did you do in the war, Grandma"
    An Oral History of Rhode Island Women during World War II. Written by students in the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School.