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Section 1: Steps to War

The Lend-Lease Act 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.

The Rise of Adolf Hitler 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.

Section 2: War in Africa and Europe

Normandy, 1944 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.

Section 3: War in the Pacific

World War II in the Pacific: U.S. Troops in Action 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.

Atomic Bomb: Decision (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) 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 wiseman/ bmidway.htm
Detailed information on the Battle of Midway.

Section 4: The Home Front

A. Philip Randolph—PBS 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 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 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.

Section 5: The Legacy of the War

For European Recovery: The 50th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan 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.

History of the G.I. Bill 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 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.