World War II Blog

Darkening DaysWhat did the war look like to Americans in 1939? What were they thinking as they watched the spreading conflict in Europe and Asia grow ever closer to the U.S.? Archivist Jeff Nilsson’s World War II blog offers a personal, real-time account of the events surrounding the war, drawing on articles as they appeared at the time in The Saturday Evening Post.

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Make Money, Not War

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Behind Every Successful Dictator…

Celebrity gossip from 1939: When Hitler’s girlfriend moved in after a 10-year courtship, the question on everyone’s mind was “Is Hitler getting married?” ... More

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Bombing America

In a time when suicide bombers were unthinkable, a young journalist analyzed America’s chances of being attacked.... More

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The Year of Two Thanksgivings

With all the concerns about Christmas — or at least Christmas shopping — intruding on Thanksgiving, maybe it’s time to keep Thanksgiving in its traditional... More

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How to Be Neutral

A Post journalist wishes America could follow the Swiss model, but it probably never would have worked.... More

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Everyday Life in 1939

European war dominated national front-page headlines in 1939. But on the local front, a vanishing murderer, duck hunting season, and menacing grass fires trumped war-torn... More

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A Bad Choice for Spokesman

Milton Mayer, whose outspoken editorials would spur contention for the Post, was one of many students who believed the U.S. should stay out of Europe.... More

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