Library of Congress
Wars and the Home Front
Exhibitions and Presentations
Multimedia resources from the Library of Congress that support instruction about wars and the home front. These resources include expert presentations, exhibitions, bibliographies, Webcasts, and other online materials.
- Arthur Szyk: Artist for Freedom (Exhibition) Explore the intricate drawings and cartoons created by Arthur Szyk, a Polish Jewish artist who emigrated to the United States in the 1940s.
- The Battle of the Bulge: Interactive Timeline (Presentation) This unique presentation uses U.S. Army situation maps to illustrate this famous WWII battle. Your students will enjoy the interactivity and the historical expertise shared by Library of Congress curators.
- Born Free and Equal (Presentation) This special presentation reproduces Ansel Adam’s book, Born Free and Equal, which documents life in the Manzanar internment camp after World War II.
- Churchill and the Great Republic (Exhibition) This exhibition examines the life and career of Winston Spencer Churchill and emphasizes his lifelong links with the United States--the nation he called "the great Republic."
- A Closer Look at the Stars and Stripes (Presentation) Learn about the purpose, organization and content of this eight-page weekly newspaper published for Army forces in France from February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919. Learn about the purpose, organization and content of this eight-page weekly newspaper published for Army forces in France from February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919.
- Does the Camera Ever Lie (Presentation)
Compare two photographs from Alexander Gardner's 1865 Sketch Book of the War and see how he rearranged the visual elements in his photographs to influence the viewer.
- Experiencing War: Stories From the Veterans History Project (Presentation) This growing database features personal narratives and memoirs sent to the Veterans History Project from veterans from all wars.
- For European Recovery: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Marshall Plan (Exhibition)
View an online display detailing the origins and effects of the Marshall Plan.
- From the Homefront and the Front Lines (Exhibition) This exhibition consists of original materials and oral histories drawn from the Veterans History Project collections at the Library of Congress.
- Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training This collection features interviews with some of the most prominent diplomats of the 20th century.
- Northern Valley Archives: Developing Web-Based Activities from the American Memory Collection (Article) This article offers teacher created ideas for primary source lessons on the topics of Civil War, Industrial Revolution, Japanese Internment, the Progressive Era and Slave Narratives.
- On the Homefront, America During World War I and World War II (Online Activity) Through a gallery of images, this activity showcases a sampling of American Memory resources that illustrate homefront contributions during World War I and World War II.
- Pearl Harbor Oral Histories (Webcast) Ann Hoog discusses the After the Day of Infamy: Man-on-the-Street Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor in this Journeys and Crossings webcast.
- Roger Fenton’s Crimean War Photographs (Prints and Photographs) This overview provides excellent background about the Crimean War (1853-1856).
- Rosie Pictures: Select Images Relating to American Women Workers During World War II (Prints and Photographs) These images from the Prints and Photographs collections were issued by the U.S. government or by commercial sources during World War II.
- Rosie the Riveter: Real Women Workers in WWII (Webcast) Sheridan Harvey, Women's Studies Specialist, explores the evolution of "Rosie the Riveter" in this Journeys and Crossings webcast.
- Songs for Our Times (Online Activity) Songs express what people think and feel, even as they introduce people, places and events. In this activity, you can explore the past through songs of the time. When Johnny Comes Marching Home and Over There are two wartime songs featured in this activity.
- Time Line of the Civil War (Presentation) This timeline outlines the main events of the Civil War from 1861-1865.
- Today in History (May 30) Memorial Day (Today in History) How did the Memorial Day holiday begin?
- Today in History (November 11) Veterans Day (Today in History) Read about when and how we began to celebrate our nation's Veterans.
- U.S. Army Field Manuals, War Department/Department of the Army Pamphlets (Presentation) Link to full text versions of 20th century Army pamphlets and manuals.
- Using an Adams Photograph of Manzanar as a Primary Source (Article) Historian and educator Laura Mitchell models the careful analysis of Adams's photograph of the maternity ward at Manzanar's hospital.
- Veterans History Project: See and Hear Veteran’s Stories (Presentation) Read about this American Folklife project, see and hear veterans stories, and find out how to participate in the program.
- Veterans' Stories: The Veterans History Project (Presentation) The personal stories of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them, as recorded in interviews, diaries, letters, photographs, and drawings.
- Veterans' Stories: Struggles for Participation (Presentation) Women and people of color have often had to overcome obstacles in order to participate fully in the U.S. armed forces. Veterans tell their stories through interviews, memoirs, and photographs.
- War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars (Webcast)
Library guests read aloud excerpts from the book, War Letters, and other war-related material.
- Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress (Exhibition)
This exhibit features items that each major division of the Library of Congress has collected relating to the events of September 11.
- Women at War: Stories from the Veterans History Project (Presentation) Read first-hand accounts of women who participated in the war effort, from nurses to code-breakers to welders, flight surgeons and officers.
- Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During WWII (Exhibition)
Learn the stories of eight women who served their country "on the front" during World War II.
- Women's Activities During the Civil War: A Select List of Photographs (Prints and Photographs) This gallery includes images of women who, individually or as members of organizations, engaged in activities in support of the Union or Confederate war effort.
- The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War (Presentation)
This presentation provides resources and documents about the Spanish-American War, the period before the war, and some of the fascinating people who participated in the fighting or commented about it.
- Zoom into Maps: Military Maps (Presentations) Explore some of the fascinating military maps in the Library of Congress collections.