Author: Brianna Martin

Republican Gains in Midterm Elections Stun Pollsters

Republicans had major strategic victories in last week’s congressional election, shocking pollsters who were predicting a Democratic landslide. All the candidates endorsed by President Roosevelt lost to their Republican opponents. The Republicans picked up 47 seats in the House of Representatives and 9 seats in the Senate—although the Democrats still have a majority in both houses of Congress. With voters pulling the lever for Republican candidates in such great numbers, political commentators believe that the Democratic Party could be in trouble during the 1944 presidential election. The Republican victories may stem from the public’s disappointment with the way the...

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Eisenhower Leads US Troops into North Africa

U.S. troops, led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, marched onto North African soil for the first time in the war. They secured several ports for the Allies in what British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is already calling “the beginning of the end” of the war. On November 8, U.S. troops, supported by British naval and air forces, landed in advance of an anticipated attack by German and Italian forces. French forces who previously held the land in North Africa were at first wary of the arrival of American and British troops. Some saw it as an attack on the...

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Radio Comedies Entertain and Educate

To most Americans the radio is a source of entertainment, bringing joy to those who listen to it even in times of war when the reality of life is much more bleak than radio sitcoms would lead one to believe. While listeners tune into radio shows to escape into a world of comedy and entertainment, they may not know that the Office of War Information wants them to listen to these radio sitcoms—and for good reason. One popular program, Fibber McGee and Molly, follows the lives of a working-class couple in the fictional community of Wishful Vista. With elements...

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War Changes Life’s Priorities for a Mother of Three

Not all the essential tasks of war are completed on the battlefield by men in uniform. Even a stay-at-home mother from a small town can find a way to influence the war and provide for her country in its time of greatest need. Angelina Alexandre is one example of a growing trend among American women who put the needs of their country before their own by going to work. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Angelina Alexandre was born on February 20, 1919, and raised in Merced, California, along with her ten siblings. Alexandre recalls fondly growing up in Merced,...

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Across the Pacific Thrills As It Plays on American Fears

An American spy posing as a dishonorably discharged army lieutenant, a Canadian woman being blackmailed by the Japanese, and a British professor entangled in Japanese efforts against the U.S. – all these characters play key roles in John Huston’s intense thriller Across the Pacific. Across the Pacific is the story of Rick Leland (Humphrey Bogart), an army lieutenant who was supposedly kicked out of the military for stealing. After his discharge, he makes his way to Canada, where he boards a Japanese freighter headed to the American-controlled Panama Canal. Leland, we soon learn, is actually a secret agent working...

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World War 2.0 tries to imagine what the reporting of World War II might have looked like if the conflict were taking place today. Articles are based on information that would have been available to the press at the time, but they are written using contemporary journalistic style. The authors are all students at Seton Hall University, working with assistant professor of journalism Matthew Pressman.