National Archives: The National Archives includes a great variety of primary sources from a number of different historical eras in U.S. History. One of the significant historical eras address in this resource is the Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945). Primary sources include documents, images, maps, graphs, video, and audio.
Library of Congress: The Library of Congress contains a variety of primary sources pertaining to the United States. This archive contains a variety of documents, photographs, posters, and speeches that are crucial to access when researching a topic such as World War II in order to assess the U.S. perspective.
Docs Teach: Docs Teach is an archive that houses a vast amount of primary sources according to categories. This makes the archive accessible and facilitates navigation through the site. Furthermore, each topic is further separated according to the type of primary source that you are looking for. For example, you maybe click World War II and then click image in order to a propaganda poster from that period.
University Libraries: University Libraries of the University of Washington is an archive that consists of a variety of primary sources that relate to World War II military history. This resources contains a variety of collections that are divided into subtopics relating to World War II such as Battle of Britain, Normandy, Nanking Massacre, and Warsaw Uprising. Thus, through this site students are able to explore a variety of primary sources from areas that they are interested in regarding WWII.
Avalon Project: Avalon Project is a from Yale Law School and consists of a variety of World War II documents. Through this site students can get access to government documents, speeches, and treaties that were created during this era. Thus, by exploring this archive students can get a greater understanding of events that transpired and their significance in course of World War II.
These are two analysis tools found on Docs Teach. These are two tutorials that will help you explore the student activities on the site.
Primary Source Lesson Plan samples
D-Day Diary: In this lesson students will read sections of Sidney Montz's D-Day diary. This activity exposes students to a first hand experience of the World War II. The lesson also calls for students to write their own journal entries in order to relate to Montz and gain a greater understanding of his contribution to historical research regarding D-Day. Furthermore, throughout this lessons students analyze the strengths and weaknesses of utilizing a diary as a primary source for conducting historical research about a topic.
When They Came For Me: This lesson focuses on civic and personal responsibility specifically on how it relates to the Holocaust and other atrocities that occurred during World War II. Students will conduct a thorough analysis of Pastor Martin Niemoller's 1945 quote regarding personal and collective responsibility during World War II. Students will touch on issues such as guilt, oppression, and injustice throughout the lesson. At the end of the lesson students will update Niemoller's quote in order to make a plea for personal and collective responsibility in today's world.
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