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For many Americans - young and old - the Second World War occupies a privileged place in popular memory: It was the "Good War" fought by the "Greatest Generation" armed with the "Arsenal of Democracy."
All wars, however, are complex. The wartime paranoia unleashed by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor suspended rights and freedoms for many Americans, upending the very notion of citizenship.
This week in 1894, Philadelphians gathered in Center City to see a gargantuan figure spill into their skyline.
No, it was not the Thanksgiving Day Parade and its bluster of balloonery - inaugurated in 1920 - but instead a bronze behemoth. On Nov. 28 of that year, the 14th and final piece of the nearly four-story-tall statue of William Penn was installed atop City Hall.
Amid holiday tumult, Lee Arnold, HSP's Senior Director of the Library & Collections and Chief Operating Officer, takes a humorous look at hidden Thanksgiving "history."
As Philadelphians explore ways to mobilize politically in the wake of the presidential election, consider the story of the Pennsylvania State Equal Rights League (the League), the black-led organization undaunted by intimidation and violence in its fight for African American rights.
Despite emancipation and the conspicuous bravery of nearly 180,000 African American soldiers in the Union Army, Philadelphia’s black communities continued to be rankled after the Civil War by systematic segregation.
HSP’s collections document more than 300 years of immigrant and ethnic experiences. On November 30, HSP investigates the historical context of American citizenship and immigration with the FREE program, A "Melting Pot" or Kaleidoscope? Immigration and Discrimination.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, HSP's Vincent Fraley will look at the impact of the event on Japanese, Italian, and German Americans living throughout the United States.
In the run-up to "The Same Spirit of Patriotism and Sacrifice”: Pearl Harbor and the Erosion of Citizenship on November 16, HSP spoke with the program's featured speaker, West Chester University's Dr. Robert Kodosky, Ph.D., about the continuing influence of the Second World War upon American public memory.
As the Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia awaits its placement on the National Register of Historic Places (“Good Eye: Women who made Hillary's rise possible spent time in this Philly house”), consider the story of its original owner, suffragist Rachel Foster Avery.
In the run-up to "The Same Spirit of Patriotism and Sacrifice”: Pearl Harbor and the Erosion of Citizenship on November 16, HSP spoke with the program's featured speaker, West Chester University's Dr. Robert Kodosky, Ph.D., about the continuing influence of the Second World War upon American public memory. Stay tuned as we share the second part of the interview tomorrow.
As active and former servicepersons prepare to commemorate this year’s Veteran’s Day on November 11, consider the story of the Philadelphia United Services Organization (USO) and its flagship club, the Stage Door Canteen.
Formed in February 1941 – nearly a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor – the USO began as a cooperative effort between the Roosevelt administration and six national religious and relief organizations: the Jewish Welfare Board, YMCA, YWCA, Salvation Army, Travelers Aid, and the National Catholic Commission Services.
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