Author: Dominique McIndoe

Casablanca is More Than a Romance Film

The British-American military forces have ended the year with a bang in their recent invasion of North Africa and so have Warner Bros. in their latest war-romance picture “Casablanca,” directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. Set in Vichy-French Morocco in December of last year, the film’s namesake is a transitional location and the key to freedom for refugees from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Combine this with the hot climate and busy Moroccan streets, and the atmosphere is filled with tension and desperation. The only goal is to be on the...

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U.S. Considering Massive Overhaul of Transportation System

The National Resources Planning Board (NRPB), although it is focused on winning the war, already has peacetime transportation in its sights. President Franklin D. Roosevelt transmitted a NRPB postwar travel report to Congress this week that would involve overhauling the entire transportation system. The result of a two-year study “to solve the nation’s transport problems,” the report recommends the creation of a national transportation agency apart from the Interstate Commerce Commission that would modernize the nation’s railroad, air, highway, and water transportation systems. The detailed report proposes terminal unification and reconstruction, economic consolidation of railroads into a limited number...

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Columbus Day Celebration Continues in the Face of War

Giuseppe Garibaldi, the 19th-century general in Italian unification, once said to his troops while on the battlefield: “He who still has faith in Italy, let him follow me.” In spite of their native country being at war with the United States and its alliance with other dictatorial regimes like Germany and Japan, thousands of Italians and Italian-Americans rallied together on this Columbus Day at the Metropolitan Opera House in a spirit of pride and anti-fascism. Attorney General Francis Biddle announced during the celebration that 600,000 Italian immigrants currently residing in the U.S. would be removed from the “enemy alien”...

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U.S. Envoy Holds Private Meetings with Pope

The spiritual influence of the Vatican is worldwide, as Pope Pius XII is the leader of millions of Catholics on both the Allied and the Axis sides. But politically, the independent state is an enclave surrounded on all sides by Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime. Even as Italy is at war with the United States, President Roosevelt’s personal envoy, Myron C. Taylor, returned to his post at the Vatican under safe conduct. He spoke in three private conferences with the pope. The first, which took place last Saturday, Sep. 19, lasted for an hour and a half. It was one...

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College Graduate Becomes Infantry Officer in Less Than One Year

Before the war, Simeon Moss was playing for Rutgers University’s sprint football team. Less than a year later, he was drafted as a private into the United States Army and quickly climbed the ranks to become a second lieutenant infantry officer. On Dec. 7 of last year, the New Jersey native was living in Chicago as a teacher. It had been less than six months since he graduated as the only black student in his senior class. “On the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, I was at the football game and they announced it… I went right back home...

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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.