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Into the postwar era
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 9.8
This newsreel, released December 10, 1945, shows happy Americans preparing for Christmas -- mainly, by shopping. But in the segment that follows, General Dwight Eisenhower, now Army Chief of Staff, warns viewers that the United States still has military commitments around the world.
Format: newsreel
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower eating a C-ration
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower eating a C-ration
Original caption: "General Dwight D. Eisenhower stopping for noon mess by the roadside during an inspection tour in Tunisia. The menu is a C ration, and hot. It was kept warm by being packed next to the manifold of the General's car enroute."
Format: image/photograph
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Official White House photograph of President Eisenhower, May 29, 1959.
Format: image/photograph
Gen. Eisenhower's message to troops before D-Day
General Dwight D. Eisenhower's radio message to Allied troops before the invasion of France, June 6, 1944.
Format: audio/speech
Eisenhower awards Medal of Honor
Eisenhower awards Medal of Honor
President Eisenhower shakes hands with Korean War veteran Army Staff Sgt. Hiroshi H. Miyamura after awarding him the Medal of Honor in 1953. Miyamura was captured by Chinese soldiers during a battle in April 1951.
Format: image/photograph
Interstate highways from the ground up
This lesson gives students a first-hand opportunity to hear about the planning and effort it takes to build a highway by through an oral history of a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) resident engineer.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The Interstate Highway System
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.2
Planning for an improved national system of highways had begun during the Depression, but it was not until 1956 that President Eisenhower called for a "modern, interstate highway system."
Format: article
Adapted by David Walbert.
D-Day
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 5.6
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 9.8
Article about the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in 1944 includes audio, maps, photographs, and documents.
Format: exhibit
The Cold War in the 1950s
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.5
An overview of the Cold War during the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower, including the rise of McCarthyism.
Format: article
Billy Graham and civil rights
In Postwar North Carolina, page 4.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 3.9
An exchange of letters between the Reverend Billy Graham and President Dwight Eisenhower, March 1956, on the Church's role in civil rights. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Postwar North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the postwar era (1945–1975).
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Korean War
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.3
The Korean War (1948–1953), the first military conflict of the Cold War, pitted the U.S. and its allies against the Soviet Union and other communist nations.
Format: article
The Bonus Army
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.5
In 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, thousands of World War I veterans set up camp in Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress to pay them their army bonus early. The Army dispersed them violently, and the public outcry contributed to President Hoover's failure to win reelection that year.
Format: article
Food for fighters
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 8.1
To feed the 3.5 million men in active service by the end of World War II, the military needed massive quantities of food in small, lightweight, durable packages. The government spent millions of dollars developing various types of rations for soldiers and sailors. This article includes a U.S. Government film about the science and technology behind military rations.
Format: exhibit
By David Walbert.
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)
The Cold War: An overview
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.1
A brief history of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union, 1945–1991.
Format: article
The not-so-famous person report
In Rethinking Reports, page 3.2
Instead of teaching the history of the famous, use research in primary sources to teach students that the past and present were made by people like them.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
The United States in World War II
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 5.1
Article summarizes U.S. involvement in World War II from 1945 to 1945.
Format: article

Resources on the web

Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies - 1789 to the Present
The 156 portraits of presidents and first ladies selected by the Prints and Photographs Division in Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present include both formal and informal pictures. Popular subjects, such as images of inaugurations... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress