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Background Videos - 1940s
World War II: The World at War
This program follows the United States through its mobilization for war and into battle in North Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. It also explains the dramatic domestic changes that total war made necessary—from rationing and recycling, to war bonds and government economic controls, to new roles for women in society—and the dawning of the Atomic Age, with its perilous implications for the postwar world. (30 min.)
The Post-War Years
The end of World War II was the beginning of U.S. global power as well as a milestone in the nation’s economic prosperity and domestic political currents. (40 min.)