The United States in World War II: A Documentary Reader
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The United States in World War II: A Documentary Reader

by G. Kurt Piehler
     
 

This reader brings together 78 primary documents that capture the diversity of experiences of Americans who lived through World War II, from presidents and generals to war workers and GIs.

  • Illustrates the political, diplomatic and military history of the conflict, including well-known documents, such as the Atlantic Charter and Franklin

Overview

This reader brings together 78 primary documents that capture the diversity of experiences of Americans who lived through World War II, from presidents and generals to war workers and GIs.

  • Illustrates the political, diplomatic and military history of the conflict, including well-known documents, such as the Atlantic Charter and Franklin Roosevelt’s Congressional address requesting a declaration of war against Japan
  • Highlights the far-reaching economic, social and cultural changes caused by the war, such as the struggles to find day care for the children of women war workers, and the experiences returning veterans
  • Includes an introduction, document headnotes and questions at the end of each chapter designed to encourage students to engage with the material critically

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444331202
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/28/2012
Series:
Uncovering the Past: Documentary Readers in American History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“This smart and imaginative collection conveys the weight of war, from battlefront to homefront; it should encourage students to confront the ambiguities and paradoxes of America’s ‘good war.’” - Beth Bailey, Temple University

 “This superb documentary reader will make an excellent supplementary text for courses in World War II, U.S. military history, and modern America.  It includes a wide range of telling documents that together help illuminate the complexity, scope, and impact of the world's most devastating conflict.” - Robert J. McMahon, Ohio State University

“With his introduction that effectively synthesizes key issues and competing views, Piehler invites students to analyze documents and form their own critical opinions of WWII and its impact on the postwar world history.  Simply the best reader available on this subject.” - Masugi Shimada, Kyoto University

Meet the Author

G. Kurt Piehler is Associate Professor of History at Florida State University. He is author of Remembering War the American Way (1995) and World War II  (2007) and co-editor of Major Problems in American Military History (1999), The Atomic Bomb and American Society: New Perspectives (2009), and The Second World War: New Perspectives on Diplomacy, War, and the Home Front (2010).

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