Table of Contents: Defining Documents in American History: World War II (1939–1946)

The Contents of Table of Contents: Defining Documents in American History: World War II (1939–1946)

Publisher’s Note

Editor’s Introduction


Volume 1

The Lead-Up to War

Letter from President Roosevelt to Chancellor Adolf Hitler

F.D.R: There Will Be No Blackout of Peace in America

President Roosevelt’s Speech Recommending Revision of the Neutrality Law

We Must Not Falter Now

Compulsory Service Must Be Adopted

The Country Is Being Rushed Into Military Conscription

Proclamation 2425: Selective Service Registration

Our Own Democracy Is Threatened

We Ought to Stay Out of the War

Lend-Lease Act

Charles Lindbergh: Radio Address

Joint Resolution of the US Congress Reaffirming the Principles of the Monroe Doctrine

Pearl Harbor

Memorandum for the President, December 7, 1941

Fourteen-Part Message from Japan to the United States and Secretary Hull’s Response

The Man in the Street Reacts to Pearl Harbor

Franklin Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor Speech

Domestic Aliens

The Japanese American Creed

Excerpts of The Munson Report

Presidential Proclamation 2526: Alien–Enemies—Germans

Presidential Proclamation 2527: Alien–Enemies—Italians

Let Us Not Persecute These People

Executive Order 9066—Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians

To All Persons of Japanese Ancestry

An Interview with an Older Nisei

Other Demographics

Executive Order 8802—Fair Employment Practice in Defense Industries

Those Who Deserve Freedom Will Fight For It

The Colored People Are Still Waiting, Still Watchful

Letter Recommending Navajo Enlistment

The American Workers’ Responsibility

Women’s Part in the War Effort

Don’t Make Slaves of Future Generations

President Roosevelt’s “Call for Sacrifice”

We Love Honor More Than We Fear Death

Let Us Have Action for Women Instead of Lip–Service

An Act to Repeal The Chinese Exclusion Acts

Foreign Policy

Atlantic Charter

Joint Message of Assistance to the Soviet Union from President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill

German Declaration of War with the United States

Our Heritage Can Be Preserved Only By Fighting

Declaration by the United Nations

We Need Tanks, Not Talk

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Broadcast to Canadians

More Dollars Do Not Mean More Goods

Master Lend–Lease Agreement

Mutual Aid Agreement Between the United States and the Soviet Union

The War and Human Freedom

Casablanca Conference

Volume 2

War and Victory

Digest of Operation Overlord

What Shall We Do with Germany?

Armistice with Italy

Moscow Declaration Regarding the Postwar Period

Cairo Declaration

The Spirit of Liberty

General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Order of the Day

The Invasion Starts

The Public’s Responsibility Towards Veterans

Radio Address by General Douglas MacArthur at the Leyte Beachhead

Protocol of Proceedings of Crimea (Yalta) Conference

Declaration Regarding the Defeat of Germany and the Assumption of Supreme Authority by Allied Powers

The Holocaust

Letter Regarding the Plight of German Jews

Notices to the US State Department Regarding Nazi Plans to Eliminate Jews

Cable from London to Rabbi Stephen Wise Regarding the Final Solution

The American Jewish Labor Committee’s Meeting with President Roosevelt

Report on the Failure of the US State Department to Assist European Jews

Memo on Army Policy Regarding Refugee Rescue

January 1943 Telegram Confirming Reports of Mass Executions of Jews in Poland

Rosenheim Letter Requesting Bombing of Deportation Rail Lines

War Department Cable Refusing to Bomb Deportation Railways


Report to the President by Mr. Justice Jackson

Rehabilitation and Moral Reconstruction for Germany

International Conference on Military Trials–Agreement and Charter

Statement by Justice Jackson on War Trial Agreement

The Atom Bomb

Albert Einstein’s Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt

A Petition to the President Regarding the Atomic Bomb

President Truman’s Announcement of the Hiroshima Bombing

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers’ General Order No. 1

Declaration on the Atomic Bomb

The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Nature of an Atomic Explosion

The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Selection of the Target

The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Main Conclusions


Chronological List

Web Resources