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History Research Guide - World War II: United States of America

A guide to the resources available in the library on World War II.

Books in the Library

Possible Topics

Here are some topic questions to help you get started on your paper.

How did the U.S. become involved in World War II? What role did they play after they entered the war. How did the American government respond to the German threat? How did they respond to the Japanese threat? What methods did the U.S. government use to persuade the American people to accept the war? What was the typical response of the American citizen? How many men volunteered for the war before the U.S. entered? How many men volunteered after? Did American citizens try to assist the escape of Jewish people from German occupied territories? If so, how?

Chow is Served to American Infantrymen


Chow is Served to American Infantrymen on their Way to La Roche, Belgium... photographed by Newman, January 13, 1945. Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Online Resources

Reference Books