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Rhetoric of War


United States Wars | American Revolution | Mexican War | War of 1812 | Civil War | World War I
World War II | Korean War | Vietnam War | Gulf War | Current Conflicts | Background Information


United States Wars

Battle Lines: Letters from America's Wars

Letters from the American Revolution to Iraq.

From the Home Front and the Front Lines

Original materials from the Veterans History Project collections at the Library of Congress. Includes photographs, maps, and flags.

Rutgers Oral History Archives

Oral histories taken from men and women who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Veterans History Project

Search for or browse oral histories from men and women who served in America's wars, from World War I through Iraq.

Vital Speeches of the Day

Find speeches concerning America's wars from World War II to the present.
Hint: Click journal title next to "Full Text Availalbe," then click "Search within this publication."

American Revolution

Spy Letters of the American Revolution

Along with the letters, the site also includes stories of spies and letters, secret methods and techniques, routes of the letters, and a timeline.

Mexican War

ADAH Digital Archives (Mexican War)

A collection of letters and a diary from the Mexican War.

War of 1812

The War of 1812

This companion site to the PBS series includes excerpts from several personal journals and links to more online sources for first person personal journals.

Civil War

Civil War Treasures from the New York Historical Society

Includes recruiting posters, stereographs, drawings, and letters.

Civil War Trust

Primary documents of the Civil War include speeches, acts, correspondence, and army documents.

Civil War Women

Letters, diaries, and documents describing women's lives and experiences during the Civil War.

The Valley of the Shadow

Documents from two communities, one Northern and one Southern, in the years leading up to, during, and following the Civil War. Includes letters, diaries, and newspapers.

World War I

Memos, letters, treaties and the text of speeches throughout the war. Also look under "Narratives" (left column menu) to find memoirs, diaries, prose, and poetry.

WWI Memoirs and Reminiscences

Diaries and eyewitness accounts from around the world.

World War I Posters

View a slideshow of World War I posters from the Library of Congress Collections.

Propaganda Posters

Washington State University's digital collection of propaganda posters from both World War I and World War II.

World War II

The War

This website companion to the PBS series on World War II includes several letters and a few diary excerpts.

Propaganda Posters

Washington State University's digital collection of propaganda posters from both World War I and World War II.

Korean War

The Korean War and its Origins

Documents from the Truman Library include telegrams, memoranda, letters, and press releases.

Vietnam War

American Experience: Vietnam Online

A companion website to the PBS series Vietnam: A Television History. Includes primary resources and veteran reflections.

Vietnam Veterans Home Page - Remembrance

Stories, poems, songs, and narratives from or about the Vietnam War.

Gulf War

Gulf War Veteran Resource Pages - Tracings in the Sand

A forum for Gulf War veterans to post descriptions of and reflections on their experiences in the war.

Frontline - The Gulf War

This website companion to the PBS television show includes interviews with political leaders and military commanders (under oral histories), as well as first person accounts of being captured by Iraqi forces (in war stories).

The Gulf War - Individual Accounts

From Green Bay to the Persian Gulf A Persian Gulf War Diary
Gulf War Diary A Soldier's Diary of Desert Storm
My Part in Desert Storm Stefan's Gulf War Pages

Current Conflicts

Political Cartoons
Hint: For non-U.S. cartoons, click the radio button next to "World" under advanced search.

Lonely Planet
Hint: Use to find monuments and/or memorial sites. Look for "Overview" article in search results.

Google Images
Hint: Find photographs by combining the name of your country with another keyword such as protest, vigil, conflict, violence, etc.

Google Videos
Hint: Find newscasts or interviews. (Add the word interview to your search.)

Google Advanced Search (to find Blogs)
Hint: For sources from your country,start with an advanced search and limit by region and language. From the results screen, click "More" (below the search box) and limit to blogs.

Background Information

BBC News Country Profiles * CIA World Factbook *
Credo reference Encyclopedia of American Studies
Encyclopedia of the American Civil War Encyclopedia of the U.S. in the 19th Century
The Fifties (A Biography of America) International Crisis Group *
New York Times (1851-present) The Sixties (A Biography of America)
The Sixties (PBS) World Newspapers *



*Use for background information on current conflicts

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