The Atlantic has a great photo retrospective on the end of World War 2. The story contains an image of Levittown, New York. Levittown was one of the country’s first planned suburban communities. It was also an ideal-typical example of how American Apartheid was created in suburbia. Non-whites, and other ethnic “undesirables” were explicitly prohibited from living in Levittown. These rules would be in place in similar communities all across America where they would be enforced by physical violence in the public sphere, and also by the law in the form of restrictive housing covenants. the Atlantic’s caption of the Levittown photo contains no such information. Images of the past when viewed in the present are a representation of reality. These realities tell us just as much about our present concerns as they do about the supposed “facts” of the past…
…based on [perhaps] the most widely read and best-selling novel of the Chicano literary canon…Written by Rudolfo Anaya and published in 1972, the book tells the coming-of-age story of a young boy under the guidance of his mentor—a curandera or healer—in New Mexico during the Second World War…the novel has been included on a list of most frequently challenged books in U.S. school systems for its sexual references and violence…
…after World War II, Harry Truman responded to Stalin’s Soviet Union with the doctrine of global containment. He created the National Security Agency, the CIA and a peacetime draft. That was the birth of the peacetime emergency state, and it has been with us ever since.
For more than half a century, members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association gathered here every Dec. 7 to commemorate the attack by the Japanese that drew the United States into World War II. Others stayed closer to home for more intimate regional chapter ceremonies, sharing memories of a day they still remember in searing detail. But no more.
…a Dutch film that tells the true story of the “forbidden” relationship between Waldemar Nods, a 19-year-old student from Suriname, and Rika van der Lans, a married Dutch woman in her 40s, and mother of 4 children. The pair meet in the 1920s, fall in love, and Rika becomes pregnant soon thereafter, causing a scandal with far-reaching consequences, leading up to the World War II…
Whenever I need to be reminded of…beautiful implausibility, I reach for my copy of Marguerite Duras’ The War. In this slender memoir of World War II, Duras shares episodes from her life in occupied Paris, where she belonged to the French Resistance under the leadership of the country’s future president, Francois Mitterrand. Duras describes war and its tragic consequences with heart-wrenching simplicity. Her language is spare, her voice riveting. The result is like reading a life.