Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 2009 by Sarah Laleman Ward

December 7, 1941, declared by President Roosevelt “a date that will live in infamy” because of the surprise attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, resulted in the entry of the United States in to the second World War.

There are many, many written works about WWII, and I encourage you to explore the options available at Hunter and within CUNY. For background information and general overviews of topics related to WWII, I suggest Gale Virtual Reference Library, available in the list of Databases on the library home page under the letter ‘G’. There you can find not just general information about the war, but about Pearl Harbor, the treatment of Japanese-Americans during WWII and much more.

On the free web, the U.S. Navy has information about the attack on Pearl Harbor along with images, including WWII posters and photographs. They also have pages about ships lost in the attack, the USS Arizona and the USS Utah, which now have memorials in Pearl Harbor in Hawai’i.

If you want images from the war, the Library of Congress has an amazing collection of color WWII photos posted on Flickr. This is one of my favorite resources, because we so rarely see color images like this.

If you are up for a lengthier read, we have a lot of books on WWII. You should note that in the CUNY+ subject headings, WWII is referred to as “World War, 1939-1945.” Here are a few books (click the title to access the book’s call number):

Storied Lives: Japanese American Students and World War II by Gary Y. Okihiro


Life Behind Barbed Wire: the World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawai’i Issei by Keiho Soga

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Never Will We Forget: Oral Histories of World War II by Marilyn Mayer Culpepper

never will

Worshipping the Myths of World War II: Reflections on America’s Dedication to War by Edward W. Wood Jr.


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