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  • President's Daily Briefs from Kennedy and Johnson Finally Released (Eight Years After Archive, Pro(85 clicks)
  • 10 recessions that the U.S. has experienced since the end of the WWII.(92 clicks)
  • 1948: Year of Turmoil(96 clicks)
    Truman Library
  • 1954 How to dial your phone by Bell System (136 clicks)
    movie clip
  • 1960 Kennedy-Nixon Debates(103 clicks)
    A kinescope of the John F Kennedy and Richard M Nixon presidential debate.
  • 1960s Audio Files(84 clicks)
    Internet Archive
  • 1968(88 clicks)
    The Whole World Was Watching: an oral history of 1968
  • 1970-1979 Radio News(96 clicks)
  • 2,100 Henry Kissinger "Memcons" Recounting the Secret Diplomacy of the Nixon-Ford Era(76 clicks)
    National Security Archives
  • A Visit to Yesterland: Disneyland(108 clicks)
    Disneyland as it was
  • Ad*Access Project(81 clicks)
    "The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955."
  • AdViews(100 clicks)
    AdViews AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials AdViews is a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. These commercials were created or collected by the ad agency Benton & Bowles or its successor, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B). Founded in 1929, Benton & Bowles was a New York advertising agency that merged with D'Arcy Masius McManus in 1985 to form DMB&B. Major clients included are Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Schick, Vicks, and Post, among others. Commercials will be added in phased batches over several months in 2009. The commercials are a part of the D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles Archives found at the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History in Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.
  • Alger Hiss Story(85 clicks)
    "The Alger Hiss Story" Web site has been created with grants from The Alger Hiss Research and Publication Project of the Nation Institute and from a Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. This Web site recreates one of the most important legal cases in this country's history, often cited as a turning point in 20th century American thinking. The Web site is dedicated to students of recent American history at all levels, including high school, college, and post-graduate work; to the research community of scholars, archivists, and teachers; and to a wide general audience - to all who Search for the Truth.
  • Alladin Readi-Cut Homes(93 clicks)
  • America 4 Life(84 clicks)
    American Facts, History and important documents, and an all round account of america in the twentieth century
  • American Cultural History: 1980-89(81 clicks)
    The 1980s became the Me! Me! Me! generation of status seekers. During the 1980s, hostile takeovers, leveraged buyouts, and mega-mergers spawned a new breed of billionaire. Donald Trump, Leona Helmsley, and Ivan Boesky iconed the meteoric rise and fall of the rich and famous. If you've got it, flaunt it and You can have it all! were watchwords. Forbes' list of 400 richest people became more important than its 500 largest companies. Binge buying and credit became a way of life and 'Shop Til you Drop' was the watchword. Labels were everything, even (or especially) for our children. Tom Wolfe dubbed the baby-boomers as the 'splurge generation.' Video games, aerobics, minivans, camcorders, and talk shows became part of our lives. The decade began with double-digit inflation, Reagan declared a war on drugs, Kermit didn't find it easy to be green, hospital costs rose, we lost many, many of our finest talents to AIDS which before the decade ended spread to black and Hispanic women, and unemployment rose. On the bright side, the US Constitution had its 200th birthday, Gone with the Wind turned 50, ET phoned home, and in 1989 Americans gave $115,000,000,000 to charity. And, Internationally, at the very end of the decade the Berlin Wall was removed - making great changes for the decade to come! At the turn of the decade, many were happy to leave the spendthrift 80s for the 90s, although some thought the eighties TOTALLY AWESOME.
  • American Motel(90 clicks)
    Most of these motels hail from the Middle Era of Motorized Mobility, the 50s and 60s. There were motels in the 20s and 30s, but they were likely to be a collection of shanties and cabins with a humble sign out front. In the 50s and 60s the sign took on great prominence; it was a way of establishing identity and rank even when no other feature of the motel was unique. The sign didn’t just sell the place; it was the place.
  • American Roots Music(96 clicks)
  • Are You Experienced?? A Trip Through the Sixties(70 clicks)
  • Atom Bomb [Joe Bonica's Movie of the Month](95 clicks)
  • Awesome 80s(80 clicks)
    1980s nostalgia site.
  • Beat Generation(82 clicks)
  • Budgets and Deficits(88 clicks)
    Few issues in American politics are as misunderstood as the national deficit and debt. On one hand, supply-siders claim that the debt is insignificant; on the other, Ross Perot claims that it's a national disaster. The numbers say it's neither.
  • CIA Family Jewels(90 clicks)
    Agency Violated Charter for 25 Years, Wiretapped Journalists and Dissidents
  • Classic Television Commercials(114 clicks)
  • Clio's Favorites: Leading historians of the United States, 1945-2000(80 clicks)
    Interesting book reviews
  • Comic Books of the 1950s(93 clicks)
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  • Consumer Spending: 1950s(97 clicks)
  • Critical Crossings: The New York Intellectuals in Postwar America(88 clicks)
    Scholarly book by Neil Jumonville
  • Devotion to the Chief(81 clicks)
    "President Harry S. Truman relied heavily on Dean Acheson for his most significant foreign policy achievements." by Robert L. Beisner
  • Did Reagan Propose Higher Spending?(83 clicks)
  • Documents Relating to the Iran/Contra affair(88 clicks)
    The sordid story
  • Dubious Secrets(91 clicks)
    What is classifies as national security--including a joke about Santa Claus!
  • Early Radio History(91 clicks)
  • Eyewitness, 1948(88 clicks)
    'The Story of Television' of WNBT's 'Eye Witness'
  • Famous People Investigated by the FBI(79 clicks)
    FBI files. Many show J. Edgar Hoover's obsessions.
  • Fifty Years From Trinity(81 clicks)
    The Seattle Times traces the history of the atom bomb and of nuclear energy.
  • Francis Gary Powers(92 clicks)
    Eisenhower, the U2 spy plane, and Francis Gary Powers.
  • Free Speech Movement, 1964-65(90 clicks)
    Student Protest - U.C. Berkeley, 1964-65.
  • Freedom’s Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939-1953(78 clicks)
    "From 1939 to 1953 the Library underwent a myriad of changes that established the institution as one of America’s foremost citadels of intellectual freedom."
  • From Pearl Harbor to Elvis: Images That Endure(94 clicks)
    By Ellen Fried
  • GNP, Population, National Debt--1960-1990(88 clicks)
    Graphic image showing the growth of the GNP, National Debt, and Population.
  • Gulf War, 1990-1991(95 clicks)
    PBS special on events leading to and on the Gulf War
  • Hindsight: The Hard Hat Riot on 1970(95 clicks)
    On May 8, 1970, construction workers in New York City attacked and beat anti-Vietnam War demonstrators. This site explores why and the consequences.
  • History of Television(110 clicks)
    by Mitchell Stephens
  • http://www.archive.org/details/Century21964(98 clicks)
    Romp through the futuristic landscape of the Seattle World's Fair, centered in the Bell System pavilion.
  • In Nixon tapes, Billy Graham refers to 'synagogue of Satan' (110 clicks)
    USA Today article
  • IRAN CONTRA AT 25: REAGAN AND BUSH 'CRIMINAL LIABILITY' EVALUATIONS(86 clicks)
  • Iran-Contra 20 Years On(91 clicks)
    Documents Spotlight Role of Reagan, Top Aides. Pentagon Nominee Robert Gates Among Many Prominent Figures Involved in the Scandal.
  • John Bull & Uncle Sam(95 clicks)
    Popular Culture: from Baseball to Rock and Roll
  • Kefauver Committee(88 clicks)
    Estes Kefauver, Democratic Senator from Tennessee, investigated organized crime, specifically Murder, Inc.
  • Kennedy-Nixon Debates(86 clicks)
    A kinescope of the John F Kennedy and Richard M Nixon presidential debate.1960
  • Kent State Shootings(87 clicks)
    "Kent State University was placed in an international spotlight after a tragic end to a student demonstration against the Vietnam War and the National Guard on May 4, 1970. Shortly after noon on that Monday, 13 seconds of rifle fire by a contingent of 28 Ohio National Guardsmen left four students dead, one permanently paralyzed, and eight others wounded. Not every student was a demonstration participant or an observer. Some students were walking to and from class. The closest student wounded was 30 yards away from the Guard, while the farthest was nearly 250 yards."
  • King Kong: The Monster Who Created Universal Studios Florida(71 clicks)
    By Peter Alexander of the Totally Fun Company
  • Kissinger's Secret Trip to China(73 clicks)
  • LBJ Fights the White Backlash(153 clicks)
    The Racial Politics of the 1964 Presidential Campaign By Jeremy D. Mayer
  • Levitate the Pentagon (1967)(92 clicks)
    Photos of the 1967 Pentagon March.
  • Limited Test Ban Treaty - 50 Years Later(98 clicks)
    New Documents Throw Light on Accord Banning Atmospheric Nuclear Testing
  • Los Braceros, 1942-64(83 clicks)
  • LSD and the CIA(90 clicks)
    How the CIA experimented with LSD.A
  • Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism(85 clicks)
    Fascism
  • Malls of America(79 clicks)
  • Manhood in the Age of Aquarius(79 clicks)
    Subtitle: Masculinity in Two Countercultural Communities, 1965–83. Book by Tim Hodgdon.
  • Meltdown at Three Mile Island(81 clicks)
    From PBS. Nuclear power plant failure
  • Mercury 9 mission(89 clicks)
    audio files
  • Mercury Orbits the Earth(78 clicks)
    February 20, 1962 and John Glenn orbits the earth.
  • Monumental Disagreements(95 clicks)
    "In this episode of BackStory we will look at some of the most controversial monuments and memorials spattered across America’s landscape. We’ll tell you why one statue was torn down, beheaded, and turned into bullets, and how one of our favorite historical landmarks may just be the result of one man on an ego trip."
  • My Day by Eleanor Roosevelt(97 clicks)
  • Myths of Reaganomics, The(118 clicks)
    By Murray N. Rothbard. Published by the conservative Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • NBC News, March 17, 1949(101 clicks)
    NBC News Room Chicago - Clifton Utley The News on March 17, 1949 included: - Willis-Overland Cuts Car Prices By 10%, - New Rent Bill Increase Prices 10%, - Italian Communists Riot To Block The Atlantic Pact, - Truman To Give News Conference, - Pullman Strike Set For March 31st, - Sports News, ...
  • New Documents Throw Light on Sensitive Ford and Kissinger Views(99 clicks)
  • Nixon and Khrushchev Kitchen Debate(85 clicks)
  • Nixon and the bomb: “I just want you to think big, Henry!”(102 clicks)
  • Nixon-Kennedy Debates, 1960(94 clicks)
    A kinescope of the John F Kennedy and Richard M Nixon presidential debate.
  • Photographing History: Fred J. Maroon and the Nixon Years, 1970 – 1974(94 clicks)
    "This Web site is based on an exhibition, Photographing History: Fred J. Maroon and the Nixon Years, 1970 – 1974, of 121 photographs by Washington, D.C., freelance photographer Fred J. Maroon. "
  • Photographs from the Sixities(87 clicks)
  • Psychedelic Sixties(74 clicks)
  • Reagan's Spending Pattern(73 clicks)
    A graphic showing Reagan's increase of spending and of the national debt.
  • Regulated Enterprise(87 clicks)
    Natural Gas Pipelines and Northeastern Markets, 1938–1954. Christopher James Castaneda
  • Rewind the Fifties Links(84 clicks)
    Lots of links for 1950s nostalgia.
  • Rosenberg, Julius and Ethel(79 clicks)
    FBI files
  • Rural Civil Defense Spots, 1965(89 clicks)
  • Sandra Day O'Connor: A Life of Action(78 clicks)
    by Meryl Justin Chertoff, Director of the Sandra Day O'Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary at Georgetown Law
  • Science and the Post-Cold War(74 clicks)
    "Science and technology were an integral part of the arms races during the cold war period. They were both an engine for new weapons developments, such as new generation nuclear warheads and laser technology, as well as an instrument in the hand of strategists requiring additional capabilities."
  • Science, Technology and the CIA(97 clicks)
  • Sears Catalog--1971(85 clicks)
    It came from the 1971 Sears Catalog! Some images of a bygone time.
  • Seeing Red, from "City Upon a Hill"(85 clicks)
    The American History Guys share a little-known story about that time Joseph Stalin coined the term “American Exceptionalism."
  • Sixties(91 clicks)
    American Cultural History: 1960 - 1969
  • Sixties, The(86 clicks)
  • Snitch(96 clicks)
    "'Snitch' investigates how a fundamental shift in the country's anti-drug laws -- including federal mandatory minimum sentencing and conspiracy provisions--has bred a culture of snitching that is in many cases rewarding the guiltiest and punishing the less guilty."
  • Standard of Living Increases in the 1960s(85 clicks)
    Diet changes and acquisition of appliances.
  • Student Rebellion in the Sixties(71 clicks)
    Brief, thoughtful essay.
  • Studies in Intelligence: New Articles from The CIA's In-House Journal(88 clicks)
  • Studs Terkel(95 clicks)
    Conversations
  • Ten Economic Paragraphs Worth Reading: December 27, 2009(84 clicks)
    The Semi-Daily Journal of Economist J. Bradford DeLong: Fair, Balanced, Reality-Based, and Even-Handed
  • The '80s TV Theme SuperSite(85 clicks)
    "This site represents one of the largest collections of '80s television history on the internet. More than anything, it is a place for the nitty gritty...like an obscure advertising jingle that has more sap than a Vermont tree, but is a priceless reflection of the zeitgeist. It is a favorite among many in "the business" not because of the usual primetime themes, but because of the mundane you'll find in the Potpourri, Promos, and Commercials sections. "
  • The 1970s(82 clicks)
    The Super70s.com Web site offers info about music, mnvies, culture, science, sports, etc.
  • The Area 51 File: Secret Aircraft and Soviet MiGs(115 clicks)
  • The Blackout History Project(82 clicks)
    Two massive blackouts in the New York City metropolitan area, one in 1965, the other in 1977. This site allows people to tell of their personal experiences of the blackout as well as offering traditional historical accounts.
  • The Changing Face of the Supreme Court in American History(89 clicks)
    A.E. Dick Howard is the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia School of Law. He analyses the changes in the Supreme Court from the Warren Court of the 1960s to the Rehnquist era.
  • The G.I. Bill(83 clicks)
    After WWII, over 2 million former armed forces personnel received goverment benefits.
  • The Jonestown Death Tape (FBI No. Q 042)(134 clicks)
  • The Kennedy Assassination(96 clicks)
    By John McAdams. "This web site is dedicated to debunking the mass of misinformation and disinformation surrounding the murder of JFK. If you are believer in Oswald as a lone gunman, you are likely to enjoy this web site, since most of that misinformation and disinformation has come from conspiracists. But if you are a sophisticated conspiracist, you likely understand that the mass of silly nonsense in conspiracy books and documentaries does no service to the cause of truth in the assassination, and simply buries the "case for conspiracy" under layers of bunk."
  • The Living Room Candidate(84 clicks)
    A history of presidential campaign commercials, 1952-2000
  • The Oliver North File: His Diaries, E-Mail, and Memos on the Kerry Report, Contras and Drugs(96 clicks)
  • The Psychedelic Sixties(78 clicks)
    Literary tradition and social change.
  • The Secret History of the U-2 — and Area 51(103 clicks)
  • The Sixties Net(87 clicks)
    Variety of items for the 1960s, many not historical.
  • The Sixties Project(85 clicks)
    "The Sixties Project began as a collective of humanities scholars working together on the Internet to use electronic resources to provide routes of collaboration and make available primary and secondary sources for researchers, students, teachers, writers and librarians interested in the Sixties."
  • The United States From Watergate to Bush v. Gore, Pt. 1(79 clicks)
    # Historian James T. Patterson discusses his book Restless Giant: The United States From Watergate to Bush v. Gore. He looks at the United States during the final quarter of the twentieth century, from the 1970s to the election of 2000. This is part one of a two-part lecture.
  • The Whole World Was Watching(90 clicks)
    An oral history of 1968.
  • The Whole World Was Watching: an oral history of 1968(97 clicks)
    The Whole World Was Watching: an oral history of 1968 is a joint project between South Kingstown High School and Brown University's Scholarly Technology Group. The project was sponsored by the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities and NetTech: the Northeast Regional Technology in Education Consortium. The resource contains transcripts, audio recordings, and edited stories of a series of interviews conducted in the spring of 1998. Members of the Sophomore Class at SKHS interviewed Rhode Islanders about their recollections of the year 1968. Their stories, which include references to the Vietnam War, the struggle for Civil Rights, the Assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy as well as many more personal memories are a living history of one of the most tumultuous years in United States history.
  • Time Capsule: Objects in History(83 clicks)
    "TIME CAPSULE objects in history By Margaret Fortier Although today's travelers and commuters may pass them on a regular basis, few among the post-World War II generation are aware of the remarkable display of friendship between the United States and her oldest ally, France, that is represented by the strange-looking little boxcars that can be seen in such diverse places as the Montana state capitol grounds in Helena; outside the American Legion Post in Helms, Arkansas; and at Pennsylvania's Fort Indiantown Gap."
  • Trivial Complaints(81 clicks)
    'Subtitle: The Role of Privacy in Domestic Violence Law and Activism in the U.S. Book by Kirsten S. Rambo
  • U.S. News and World Report Magazine Photograph Collection(87 clicks)
    " The collection consists of almost 1.2 million original 35mm and 2 1/4 inch negatives (primarily black & white) and 45,000 contact sheets donated by the U.S. News & World Report, Inc. The collection is primarily photographs taken by staff of the U.S. News & World Report Magazine between 1952 and 1986"
  • Vanderbilt Television News Archive (115 clicks)
    The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. We have been recording, preserving and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968.
  • Vogue Picture Records(92 clicks)
  • We Choose the Moon(82 clicks)
    Apollo 11 moon landing with audio and photos
  • What Was Really Great About The Great Society(95 clicks)
    By Joseph A. Califano Jr.
  • When Nixon Met Elvis(89 clicks)
  • William Gedney Photographs And Writings(99 clicks)
    From the mid 1950s through the early 1980s, William Gedney (1932-1989) photographed throughout the United States, in India, and in Europe. From the commerce of the street outside his Brooklyn apartment to the daily chores of unemployed coal miners, from the indolent lifestyle of hippies in Haight-Ashbury to the sacred rituals of Hindu worshippers, Gedney was able to record the lives of others with remarkable clarity and poignancy.
  • Wiretap Debate Déjà Vu(100 clicks)
    Documents show Ford White House embraced wiretap law instead of claiming "inherent" Presidential authority in 1976 despite objections from Rumsfeld, G.H.W. Bush, Kissinger Web posting includes Justice report on criminal liability for 1970s warrantless wiretapping, 1990s directives on US surveillance.
  • Woody Guthrie Manuscript Collection(93 clicks)
    American Folklife Center
  • WWW-VL: HISTORY: USA: 1980-1989(98 clicks)
  • Your Hit Parade, February 27, 1954(92 clicks)
    Video
  • Zorro - A history of the series(107 clicks)
    The series of the 1950s