WW2 People’s War is a site dedicated to capturing people's personal stories of World War Two in a lasting archive. Military or civilian, on the front-line or home front, every story plays a vital part in helping future generations understand the sacrifices made by a nation at war. Please note that WW2 People’s War is an internet-only project, which means that contributions made by letter or telephone cannot be accepted. However, there are now over 2,000 People’s War centres nationwide where you can find help getting your story online.
The People's War website is produced by the BBC and accompanies their large amount of historically-oriented content. Visitors can read stories submitted by others, or register and submit their own story. There is a research desk with starting points and guides to researching familiy history, and there are related discussion boards that are very active. Also featured are articles that outline the major activities of the War, and suggested activities for educational projects in addition to the thousands of personal stories.
The BBC People's War website was launched in November 2003 and will be collecting personal stories through November 2005, after which the materials will be archived as a resource and tribute. Sharing your story requires registering with the site, but you can contribute your story and communicate with the more than 10,000 contributors and registered users. The stories are edited and approved before they appear on the site, although only the author is held to the truthfulness of the submission.
The Research Desk provides articles about British regions, major events, and theatres of the war and links to the BBC History website that has thousands of maps, galleries, and articles. Guides to researching family history cover medals, badges, service records, and photos. The very active "Ask and answer" Research Desks are divided topically and are used by many as they are uncovering their own family history. In addition, the education section offers lesson plans and activites for school project, which revolve around interviewing individuals about their experience of the war.
The purpose and staffing of the site are clearly introduced, and the writing is rather informal. While there aren't simple URL's, the design and layout of the site is very straightforward and the discussion board and user pages. The resources of the BBC are apparent in this site, from the professional design, extensive interaction supported by the site, and the more than 200 "People's War Centres" throughout Britain to support the submission of digital materials. The site offers so much varied material, from the concise articles to the thousands of personal stories, that it is a necessary visit for anyone interested in the personal experiences of the British in World War II, on the frontline and the home front.
Center for History and New Media
April 29, 2005
Eric Weisstein's World of Science contains budding encyclopedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics.
This resource has been assembled over more than a decade by internet encyclopedist Eric W. Weisstein with assistance from the internet community.
Eric Weisstein's World of Science is written and maintained by the author as a public service for scientific knowledge and education. Although it is often difficult to find explanations for technical subjects that are both clear and accessible, this web site bridges the gap by placing an interlinked framework of mathematical exposition and illustrative examples at the fingertips of every internet user.
This site serves as the hub to several Eric Weisstein encyclopedic science websites. From this page, a user can access sites on astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and scientific biography. Each of the sites devoted to a discipline offer definitions, explanations of theories, experiments, and formulas. The biography site offers the most pure history and it contains short entries on more than a thousand personalities. The entries are organized alphabetically, by discipline, by time period, and by nationality. The entries continue to be compiled by the managers of the site from contributions of volunteers in the scientific community.
Before the 1979 accident at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island, few had heard of the nuclear power plant on the Susquehanna River. But the crisis that began 20 years ago in the early morning of March 28 quickly turned the plant and its giant cooling towers into icons in the long national argument over the safety of nuclear energy.
In 1999 the Washington Post produced a special report on the twentieth anniversary of the accident at Three Mile Island. There is a photo gallery and contemporary coverage of the event separated into fourteen chapters, three appendices, and a glossary. There also are links to subsequent articles about the cleanup of the nuclear reactor and the lingering health effects on local residents.
In addition to photos and articles, the website hosts transcrips of online discussions where readers posed questions to the former Pennsylvania governor Richard Thronburgh and to Washington Post energy reporter Martha Hamilton. Individual readers had the opportunity to share their personal story as well, also submitted through the online discussion format.
This archive combines a series of New York Times archival articles outlining the evolution of manufacturing with an overview of Peoplesoft's role in continuing progress in the manufacturing field.
As part of our effort to preserve our national heritage, we are seeking stories, memories or anecdotes about the wartime home front embodied by "Rosie."
The Ford Motor Company has partnered with the Natioinal Park Service and the National Park Foundation to collect stories and memoirs from women who worked on the homefront during World War II. Visitors are able to submit their story online, and there is one sample submission for viewing. The narratives and materials collected through this online venture will be maintained by the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Site and used by the Park and others studying this period of American history.
Multimedia Map and Time Line: Photos, footage, firsthand accounts, and narration bring the attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, to life—moment by moment, target by target.
Searchable Archive of Survivors’ Stories: Read personal tales of heroism and disaster, find a long-lost friend, or submit your own true tale of December 7, 1941.
Pearl Harbor Ships and Planes, World War II Time Line, and More: Get the facts in easy-print form, click to related sites, and review recommended resources.
Remembering Pearl Harbor provides three ways to learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor: a multimedia map and timeline, resources on the history of World War II, and a Memory Book with stories of those who were affected by the attack. The multimedia map incorporates a timeline and personal narratives, while the resources include specific details on the ships and planes involved in the attack and where to look for further information. The Memory Book archive hosts more than 1,000 entries grouped by geographic location of the contributor. The archive is searchable and includes the experiences of witnesses and other involved in World War II, frequently shared by their children and grandchildren.
John Holland was a brilliant man with a vision of how submarines could change naval warfare. His humble beginnings gave no clue of the contribution he would make not to his native Ireland but to the navies of some of the world's most powerful countries.
John Phillip Holland was born in 1841 to John and Mary Scanlon Holland in Liscannor, Co. Clare. His mother was an Irish speaker, so John and his brothers learned English only after they were old enough to attend school.
John Phillip Holland was a Irish born teacher who designed and built the first a series of submarines, several of which were purchased and used by various nations in warfare around the turn of the twentieth century. Holland also developed the U.S. Navy's first modern submarine and become known as the Father of the U.S. Submarine Service. This site is basic with a little navigation, but links within the text point visitors to several alternate sites concerning Holland and his submarines, several of which include images, drawings, and primary source materials from newspapers, correspondence, etc.
Neither financier nor broker Charles Dow was a journalist. The stock averages he devised provided a window for outsiders to view the market; Wall Street types were welcome to use it, but they were not his chief concern.
When Dow came to Wall Street, the investment market of choice was bonds. Investors liked securities that were backed by real machinery, factories and other hard assets. They felt reassured by the predictability of income that bonds offered, as well as the specific dates of maturity when their principle would be returned. The stock market, by contrast, dealt in "shares of ownership" which had no specific claim on anything a company owned.
This site chronicles how Charles Dow devised the now famous Dow Jones stock averages, and how they developed from 1884 to 1995. Besides terminology that may sometimes leave the uninitiated scratching their heads, this site is a good starting point for understanding the history and function of today's stock exchanges. The short and rather basic story of Charles Dow's average is supplemented through links to information such as lists of companies tracked by each of the Dow Jones averages, an explanation of the OTC market and Nasdaq, and listing standards for the New York Stock Exchange. A table also lists historical records for the NYSE. The navigation within the site is not facilitated by tabs, a side bar, or search tool, but the site is small enough to navigate easily.