The fourth volume of the American History and Government Core Documents Collections – World War II – is now available!
This volume begins its story – focused on the experience of the war in America, but not neglecting the experience of Americans who fought – in 1935, as Americans expressed their wariness of involvement in another European war by passing a neutrality act. It recounts the debate over neutrality as conflict approached and then overwhelmed Europe. All such debate ended with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, but new issues arose as the war churned on, including internment of Japanese Americans; the treatment of African-Americans in the United States and in its Armed Forces; the role of women in the war effort and how this might change their lives after the war; and the principles that should shape the post-war world. These issues and the two events with which the collection ends – the Nuremberg trials and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – foreshadow the world the war helped bring about.
As in the other volumes, each Core Documents volume will contain the following:
- Key documents on the period, theme, or institution, selected by an expert and reviewed by an editorial board
- An introduction highlighting key documents and themes
- A thematic table of contents, showing the connections between various documents
- Study questions for each document, as well as questions that refer to other documents in the collection
- Notes on each document to identify people, events, movements, or ideas to improve understanding of the document’s historical context.
When complete, the series will be comprehensive and authoritative, and will present America’s story in the words of those who wrote it – all united in their commitment to equality and liberty, yet so often divided by their different understandings of these most fundamental American ideas.
In sum, our intent is that the documents and their supporting material provide unique access to the richness of the American story. We hope that you will find this resource to be intriguing and helpful for your classroom.
Please contact Daniel Mitchell if you have any questions or would like more information about using the Core Documents Curriculum in your classroom.
Thank you for all that you do!