World War II

1940s

Overview The 1940s witnessed the worst military conflict in world history.  Out of more than 70 million combatants from 70 different countries, the editors at Digital History estimate about 17 million dead, including about 400,000 American military personnel out of…

1930s

Overview When Franklin Roosevelt took the oath of office as president on March 4, 1933, the nation’s economic crisis had become the most severe in its history.  Not only was unemployment rising and poverty widespread, but the banking system appeared…

MAP –Growing Up

This map built from snippets from Russell Baker’s memoir Growing Up (1981) offers a vivid snapshot of life in early twentieth century America.  Additional resources for this map can be found at the US Since 1877 course site. Growing Up resources