World War II

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.

Before Pearl Harbor: America’s Responsibility

The views presented in the Post reflected, and frequently guided, American opinion. As war was declared in Europe in 1939, the Post was ambivalent about intervention. But that perspective began to evolve over the next More

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Make Money, Not War

War was obsolete because it wasn’t good for business. That’s what a Post financial reporter said. Too bad Hitler didn’t agree. More

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

Bombing America

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

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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