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HI 427 The Age of FDR 1932-1945




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    American Decades, 1930-1939, 1940-1949
    Reference E169.12 A419 1994 (vols. 4-5)

    Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents
    Reference E173 .E54 2004

    Oxford Companion to World War II
    Reference D740 .O94 1995

    World War II: America at War, 1941-1945
    Reference D743.5 .P56 1991

    World War II Almanac, 1931-1945: A Political and Military Record
    Reference D743.5 .G64 1981

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    Selected Digital Collections

    Ad*Access (includes WWI propaganda) (Duke University Libraries)

    America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945 (Library of Congress)

    From the Home Front and the Front Lines (Library of Congress)

    Voices of World War II: Experiences from the Front and at Home (University of Missouri - Kansas City)

    A Guide to World War II Materials (Library of Congress)

    Historic Publications from World War II (Southern Methodist University)

    New Deal Document and Photo Library (Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute)

    Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1928-1945

    Rosie Pictures: Select Images Relating to American Women Workers During World War II (Library of Congress)

    World War II Poster Collection

    World War II Records (National Archives)

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