World War II

The essays in this section have been written by leading scholars of American history. They provide additional depth on events and ideas referred to in the introductory essay and, in some cases, different interpretations by historians looking at the same events. These essays are particularly useful as informational texts to introduce your students to one of the most exciting aspects of studying history—understanding the past from a variety of perspectives.

Luedell Mitchell and Lavada Cherry at work in the El Segundo Plant of the Dougla

African American Women in World War II

Author: Maureen Honey Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:
Omaha Beach, France, by Joseph Gary Sheahan, 1944. (US Army)

D-Day or Operation Overlord, June 6, 1944

Author: Antony Beevor Curriculum Subjects: World History Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+
Music Inspires, 1941 - 1945

The Forties and the Music of World War II

Author: Elihu Rose Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The History of Women’s Baseball

Author: Kerry Candaele Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Essays from Other Sub-Eras

is Communism Un-American, by Eugene Dennis (1947). (National Archives)

Anti-Communism in the 1950s

Author: Wendy Wall Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:
Photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt, July 20, 1933. (Library of Congress Prints and

Eleanor Roosevelt as First Lady

Author: Maurine Beasley Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: