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World War II, a new edition to Facts On File's critically acclaimed Eyewitness History series, provides hundreds of firsthand accounts of the period - from letters, speeches, and newspaper articles - that illustrate how important historical events appeared to those who lived through them. In addition to these firsthand accounts, each chapter provides an introductory essay and chronology of events. The book also includes excerpts from such informative documents as the Neutrality Act of 1937; the Atlantic Charter; President Franklin D. Roosevelt's December 8, 1941, address to Congress; the Nuremburg Trials Final Report; and the preamble to the Charter of the United nations, as well as capsule biographies of more than 55 key figures, 18 maps, an appendix about refugees, reference notes, a bibliography, an index, and more than 115 black-and-white illustrations.
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Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-An accessible, well-organized volume that focuses on "what it felt like to be an American" during this period. Each chapter covers one aspect of the war from the isolationism/interventionism debate that began in the 1930s to victory and beyond. A chronology of events and pages of testimony from people involved follow. The coverage of the preparation for war, the government's involvement, and the role of the civilian are also considered. The numerous eyewitness accounts include the voices of well-known people, not all Americans: Neville Chamberlain, Charles Lindbergh, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, etc. Civilians and soldiers are also heard through quotes from medics, nurses, journalists, war brides, and others. Appendixes contain excerpts from documents paramount to the management of the war effort such as FDR's address to Congress in 1941 and the dissent in the case of Korematsu v. United States. Average-quality, black-and-white photos and reproductions are found throughout. Eighteen maps clearly outline the war in the Pacific, the division of Berlin, the location of Japanese-American concentration camps, and more. This useful volume offers a good blend of historical fact and primary-source material.-Julie Webb, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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This well-organized volume offers a good combination of text and primary-source materials and provides many points of view about various aspects of the war. Students can read excerpts and commentary by such well-known individuals as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Charles Lindbergh and by leaders and civilians from other countries. Readers will appreciate the clarity provided by the chronology of events and the pages of testimony. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816044849
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Eyewitness History Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Debate: Isolationism v. Interventionism: January 30, 1933-December 11, 1941 1
2 Gearing Up: National Defense, Military, and Economic Mobilization: 1939-December 7, 1941 20
3 Crisis Government: December 7, 1941-September 2, 1945 42
4 Civilian Daily Life: 1940-June 1945 63
5 Civilians at Work: September 1941-September 2, 1945 93
6 Military Life: The U.S. Army and the European Theater of Operations: September 3 1939-May 8, 1945 121
7 Military Life: The Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and the War in the Pacific: September 3, 1939-September 9, 1945 183
8 Civil Liberties and "Military Necessity": June 8, 1938-December 23, 2000 241
9 Victory: The Enemy: January 13, 1942-April 28, 1952 285
10 Victory: At Home: June 1944-November 1952 306
11 The United Nations: January 6, 1941-July 27, 1953 324
App. A: Documents 335
App. B: Biographies of Major Personalities 354
App. C: Maps 375
App. D: Glossary 395
App. E: Refugees 395
Notes 404
Bibliography 416
Index 455
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