World War II

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By the People, For the People (2008)

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The Great Depression drew attention to problems with the United States economy that needed government regulation.

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By the People, For the People

Postwar Tension and Triumph (2008)

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After World War II, the United States experienced domestic prosperity through a huge baby boom, suburban migration, and advances in science and medicine. In the midst of this prosperity, many Americans were denied the same opportunities to attain the American Dream.

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Global War and Peace (2004)

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How "global" were the World Wars? This unit examines Japanese imperialism, the Belgian Congo, and twentieth century peace institutions to study how local, national, ethnic, and religious conflicts shaped these wars and their aftermaths.

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Global War and Peace

Into the Arms of Strangers (2000)

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Academy Award-winning documentary uses archival footage and interviews to tell the story of the rescue operation that transported ten-thousand Jewish children from Nazi Germany and certain death, to Great Britain just prior to World War II.

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The Perilous Fight, America's World War II in Color (2003)

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Combines original color footage with compelling passages from diaries and letters from soldiers, leaders, and the homefront during World War II. Topics cover all aspects of the war including battles, internment of Japanese Americans, African-American soldiers, women in the military and on the homefront, war in the Pacific, an the concentration camps.

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The Perilous Fight, America's World War II in Color

Federal Deficits: Can We Live With Them? (2012)

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During WWII, our national debt had more than quadrupled, so government encouraged citizens to buy war bonds and federal stamps to pay some of it off. In 1960 President Eisenhower achieved a surplus and reduced the debt, a feat not repeated until the 1990s.

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Federal Deficits: Can We Live With Them?

The War of the World: A New History of the 20th Century (2007)

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World War II, we have been told all our lives, was our greatest triumph, the moment when the forces of light—the Western democracies and the U.S.S.R.—prevailed over the forces of darkness—the Nazis and the other Axis powers. It was a conflict that began in Europe in September 1939 and ended with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan in August 1945. Or did it?

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The War of  the World: A New History of the 20th Century

The War: 1941-1945 (2006)

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THE WAR, a seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.

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The War: 1941-1945

Road to War (2005)

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The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U.S. into the most devastating war of the 20th century. America's diplomatic road to war and the wartime mobilization, including the internment of Japanese Americans is analyzed.

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World at War (2005)

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Turning to diplomacy and military operations, the reasons for Allied success are assessed. The holocaust, use of atomic bombs, and how the war transformed the world and the place of the United States in it are examined.

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Boxes for Katje

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After World War II, there is little left in Katje’s town of Olst in Holland.

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (Abridged Nonfiction)

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More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995.

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (Abridged Nonfiction)

Night (Unabridged)

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It is 1944. The Jews of Sighet, Hungary are rounded up and driven into Nazi concentration camps. For the next terrible year, young Elie Wiesel experiences the loss of everything he loves — home, friends, family — in an agonizing journey through Birkenau, Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald. The greatest tragedy of our time, told through the eyes of a 15-year old boy.

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Night (Unabridged)

All but My Life (Unabridged)

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A classic of Holocaust literature, Gerda Weissmann Klein's celebrated memoir tells the moving story of a young woman's three frightful years as a slave laborer of the Nazis and her miraculous liberation. All But My Life stands as the ultimate lesson in humanity, hope, and friendship.

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All but My Life (Unabridged)

The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (Unabridged)

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The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

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The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (Unabridged)

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