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The Internet contains a wealth of information, but sometimes it's a little tricky to find what you need. By using the preselected Web sites provided below you will be able to narrow your search, answer assigned questions, and save precious time. Simply follow the links to find valuable research materials and activity support. There's a lot of information in here, happy hunting!

Section 1: Steps to War

The Rise of Adolf Hitler http://www.historyplace.com/ worldwar2/ riseofhitler/ index.htm
A detailed account of the rise of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, from his birth in 1889 to March 1933, when he became dictator of Germany.

Pearl Harbor Remembered http://my.execpc.com/ ~dschaaf/ mainmenu.html
A historical overview of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, along with several maps, a time line, survivors' accounts, and a live video feed from Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor Attack http://www.history.navy.mil/ faqs/ faq66-1.htm
From the Department of the Navy, an overview of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor from a military perspective. Lists ships present at Pearl Harbor, as well as features oral histories and related links.

The Lend-Lease Act http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ ammem/ today/ oct23.html
From the Library of Congress, a short description of the Lend-Lease Act of 1941, which enabled the United States to become more directly involved in the war in Europe. Also includes links to sections about Pearl Harbor and Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union.

Section 2: War in Africa and Europe

Yalta Conference http://www.yale.edu/ lawweb/ avalon/ wwii/ yalta.htm
From Yale Law School's Avalon Project, the text of the agreements reached at the Yalta Conference of 1945.

D-Day http://www.pbs.org/ wgbh/ amex/ dday/
A PBS Web site that provides a concise overview of the events of D-Day, when Allied forces invaded the beaches of Normandy. Includes excerpts from newspapers of the time, excerpts from soldiers' letters home, a map, and some interesting facts about the paratrooper experience.

Normandy, 1944 http://search.eb.com/ normandy/
Extensive resource that recounts the Normandy invasion of 1944. Includes many photos and sections about the buildup to the invasion; generals, soldiers, and world leaders; the fighting on the beaches; and the memory of Normandy.

Dwight D. Eisenhower http://ap.grolier.com/ article?assetid=a2008870-h& templatename=/ article/ article.html
An Encyclopedia Americana article that provides a look at the military and presidential career of Dwight Eisenhower. Includes a section about Eisenhower's involvement in African and Italian campaigns during World War II.

Section 3: War in the Pacific

War in the Pacific Time Line http://www.pbs.org/ wgbh/ amex/ macarthur/ timeline/ index.html
Part of a PBS site on General Douglas MacArthur, a helpful time line documenting the war in the Pacific from 1941 to 1945.

Atomic Bomb: Decision (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) http://www.dannen.com/ decision/ index.html
A collection of primary-source documents that tell the story of the United States' decision to use atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Includes official reports, testing results, the bombing order, and an excerpt from President Truman's diary.

The Battle of Midway http://www.sunwest-emb.com/ wiseman/ bmidway.htm
Detailed information on the Battle of Midway.

World War II in the Pacific: U.S. Troops in Action http://www.historyplace.com/ unitedstates/ pacificwar/ index.html
A gallery of photos that show the development of World War II in the Pacific. Features photos of U.S. soldiers, U.S. and Japanese weaponry and aircraft, and the destruction caused by battles at Okinawa and Iwo Jima.

Section 4: The Home Front

A. Philip Randolph—PBS http://www.pbs.org/ wnet/ aaworld/ reference/ articles/ a_philip_randolph.html
A PBS site that documents the life and achievements of African-American labor leader A. Philip Randolph.

War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement http://www.oac.cdlib.org/ dynaweb/ ead/ calher/ jvac
Provided by the University of California at Berkley, a searchable database containing thousands of photos that depict Japanese internment and relocation during World War II.

Internment and Evacuation of San Francisco Japanese: 1942 http://www.sfmuseum.org/ war/ evactxt.html
From the Museum of the City of San Francisco, an extensive archive of San Francisco News articles that describe the internment of Japanese Americans in 1942. A time line and a historical overview provide more context to the newspaper archives.

Women in World War II, 1939–1945 http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ cgi-bin/ query/ r?ammem/ fsaall:@FILREQ(@field(SUBJ+@band(Women+))+@FIELD(COLLID+fsac))
Part of a Library of Congress exhibit, a collection of color photos depicting women on the home front during World War II.

Section 5: The Legacy of the War

The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials http://www.yale.edu/ lawweb/ avalon/ imt/ imt.htm
Collection of many primary sources connected to the Nuremberg trials of German leaders after World War II.

About the United Nations http://www.un.org/ aboutun/ history.htm
Short history of the United Nations.

History of the G.I. Bill http://www.gibill.va.gov/ GI_Bill_Info/ history.htm
An article describing the history behind the signing of the G.I. Bill of Rights in 1944.

The Marshall Plan http://www.archives.gov/ exhibits/ featured_documents/ marshall_plan/
From the National Archives, a copy of the original document for the Economic Cooperation Act of 1948, with links to other Cold War and Marshall plan Web sites and documents.

For European Recovery: The 50th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan http://lcweb.loc.gov/ exhibits/ marshall/
A Library of Congress exhibit that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan. Features photos, historical overviews, maps, a time line, and primary-source documents.