Author: Siobhan McGirl

Truman Committee Uncovers Shoddy Work at New Jersey War Housing Project

The Senate Committee investigating the National Defense Program, headed by Sen. Harry Truman (D-Mo.), recently unveiled massive misuse of government funds at a major housing project in Linden, NJ. The Winfield Park Defense Housing Project has been in the works for over a year, but the builders are now claiming the 700-home project to be “finished” even though more than half of the homes are uninhabitable. The Truman Committee has opened public hearings to get to the bottom of what went wrong. The government financed this project to house war workers from the nearby Kearny, NJ shipyards. According to...

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Hepburn Challenges Gender Roles in “Woman of the Year”

Typical dinner conversation these days focuses either on war or sports. The new film “Woman of the Year” has both. Directed by George Stevens, starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, the film gives a comic relief to the stressful times. The combination of comedy, wit, romance, and relatability make this film a success. By juxtaposing the depressing idea of war with the frivolous and fun idea of sports, Stevens is able to capture the many emotions Americans on the home front are feeling today. A famous female writer focusing on war reporting and a laid back sports columnist fall...

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Mickey Mouse Gets Drafted

Back in the 1920s, when it all started with a mouse, the last thing Mickey could have been thinking was that he would be on the front lines of battle. But Walt Disney, creator of Mickey and founder of Walt Disney Pictures, changed his plans when the US was drawn into the Second World War. Disney has shifted gears from Bambi to Navy training videos, becoming one of the most ardent supporters of the war effort in Hollywood. Mickey Mouse (meaning Walt Disney himself and the whole Disney product) is a phenomenon that is simple on the surface, but...

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Surprise Blackouts Sweep the East Coast

From streetlights to headlights, major cities on the East Coast went completely dark this past week, as surprise blackout drills hit the U.S. for the first time. For the last few months, 30 million Americans living in coastal areas have been experiencing dim-out drills in preparation for air raids, but this was the first time for complete blackouts in many cities. On different nights last week New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. all experienced near-total darkness come 10 o’clock at night. People were going about their nights when alarms started to sound in every area. There were many...

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Alleged Nazi agents face possible execution after sabotage attempt foiled

All was quiet on the night of June 12 as 21-year-old Coast Guardsman Jack Cullen stood watch. Dense fog covered the water off the coast of Long Island. Suddenly, the silence was broken with the buzzing of a machine. Cullen saw four men in bathing suits emerge from the water. It did not take long for Cullen to realize that these men were exiting a German U-Boat. What followed was a death threat, a bribe, and a long manhunt for the four Nazi saboteurs who invaded Long Island. On the same night, four other men arrived on a beach in Florida undetected. The four in Florida and the four on Long Island completed the team of eight Nazi agents invading America with a plan for destruction. On Long Island, the Germans approached Cullen and suggested he forget about all of this and take a $300 bribe. Not knowing what to do, Cullen obliged. Before the head German handed him the money, he said to Cullen, “Look me in the eyes.” Cullen was afraid he would be hypnotized. “Would you recognize me if you saw me again?” asked the German. Cullen sternly said, “No,” and the Germans were on their way. As soon as they departed, Cullen reported to his superiors. This event started a search for the men and ultimately put the whole country on alert, later leading to the...

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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.