Library of Congress
Postwar United States (1945 - early 1970s)
- Alger Hiss Story: Search for the Truth — A detailed look at the Hiss case from NYU historian Jeff Kisseloff.
- American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century — Kingwood College Library offers this entertaining site, which includes a page of information about art and architecture, literature, education, fads, and personalities of each decade in the century.
- American Experience: Vietnam Online — This PBS site presents a useful timeline plus essays and background information.
- Brown at 50 — A detailed curriculum unit on the "history, meaning, and legacy" of the Brown decisions. From the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Illinois Humanities Council, and Chicago Historical Society.
- Civil Rights Digital Library — This site is a gateway to a wealth of resources on the civil rights movement, particularly in Georgia, including educator materials, films, contemporary television news stories, and much more.
- The Civil Rights Movement — A special issue of the journal History Now, with articles on the civil rights movement, including an interactive jukebox with music of the movement. Classroom lessons are also provided.
- The Cold War Files — Timelines, profiles of notable figures, interactive materials and other resources are available at this site sponsored by the Wilson Center.
- The Cold War: A Brief History — The Atomic Archive presents this look at the Cold War.
- Commission on Presidential Debates — Transcripts of the presidential debates from 1960-2004.
- Creating the Interstate System — A history of the establishment of the interstate highway system. From the government journal Public Roads.
- Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: The 40th Anniversary — Primary source documents and historians’ analysis on the Cuban Missile Crisis, from the National Security Archive at George Mason University.
- EASE History — Study history by examining presidential campaign ads from 1952 to 2004.
- Echoes of 1968 — This site collects stories that NPR has aired about the tumultuous year throughout 2008.
- Foreign Relations of the United States — The U.S. State Department provides numerous primary sources on foreign relations for every administration from Truman through Ford.
- Free Speech Movement Digital Archive — The University of California-Berkeley, site of the 1964-65 student protests known as the Free Speech Movement, provides a chronology of and documents from that movement.
- History and Politics Out Loud — Audio materials from the 1960s and 1970s, including extensive materials on the Cuban Missile Crisis and Watergate.
- An Imperfect Revolution — American RadioWorks investigates how residents of Louisville and Charlotte experienced the struggle for school desegregation.
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum — Provides a biography, transcripts of selected speeches, letters and telegrams from civil rights leaders to Kennedy, and other resources valuable to teachers and students.
- King’s Last March — American RadioWorks examines the last year of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work, examining his speech on Vietnam and the response to it, the FBI’s “war” on King, and the Memphis garbage workers’ strike.
- Korean War: Remembering Our History — This Department of Defense site presents numerous fact sheets, soldiers' recollections, teaching materials, and more.
- Landmark Cases — Teaching materials on a number of landmark Supreme Court cases from the postwar years, including two important cases involving rights of the accused (Miranda and Gideon). From Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society.
- LBJ for Kids — This page from the Johnson Presidential Library presents speeches, photos, and numerous timelines. For example, one timeline juxtaposes events in 20th-century presidencies with inventions.
- Levittown: Documents of an Ideal American Suburb — A fascinating look at the iconic suburbs of the 1950s, from art historian Peter Bacon Hales of the University of Illinois-Chicago.
- The Marshall Plan — The George C. Marshall Foundation describes the Secretary of State's plan to rebuild Europe following World War II.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. — The Seattle Times presents an excellent collection of essays, sound clips, and photographs, as well as reflections from people who knew the civil rights leader.
- The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute — The papers of Dr. King along with a biography, a timeline, articles about King, and links. From Stanford University.
- NSA and the Cuban Missile Crisis — Background and primary source documents on the crisis from the perspective of the National Security Agency.
- Paint by Number — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History looks at the 1950s craze known as “paint by number,” placing the fad in historical context. The reminiscences posted by viewers provide more insights into the decade.
- Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century — This site from the University of Texas provides an interactive timeline plus descriptions of significant events in each president’s term of office.
- Rutgers Oral History Archives — Transcripts of interviews with people who served in the military during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
- Segregation Showdown at Little Rock — In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the integration of Little Rock’s Central High, NPR provides this series of in-depth stories on the event.
- Telegram from Senator Joseph McCarthy to President Harry S Truman — A lesson plan on executive-legislative relations and national security, focusing on McCarthy's accusations regarding Communists in the State Department.
- Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal — This Library of Congress sites provides the proceedings of the Nuremberg trials of leaders of Nazi Germany.
- Truman Presidential Museum and Library — Primary source documents, biographies, and materials for students and teachers are available here, including a special section on Truman and Israel.
- Voices of the Colorado Plateau — Oral histories with 24 residents of the intermountain West; topics covered include education, tourism, timber, horses, and the environment.
- The Vietnam Center — More than 400,000 pages of scanned sources can be searched from this site. Also available are numerous oral history interviews. From Texas Tech University.
- The Wars for Vietnam: 1945-1975 — Vassar presents primary source documents and historic analysis on the Vietnam War.
- We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement — Background information on the civil rights movement plus photographs of important events and more than 40 significant historical sites. From the National Park Service.
- What Ever Happened to Polio? — Background information on the campaign to develop a vaccine to prevent polio. From the Smithsonian.
- White House Tapes: The President Calling — American RadioWorks uses tape recordings of presidential phone calls from the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations to examine “how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history.”