American War history

WW2 Hollywood deferments actors 1942
The truth about Hollywood draft deferments during WW2 (1942)

It is useless to deny that motion picture stars have been getting the best of it (as to immunity from draft). Some have been given special deferments and choice assignments and have been allowed extra months to finish pictures before having to report for active duty.

Kurt Vonnegut's backstory on Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
Kurt Vonnegut’s backstory on Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

Kurt Vonnegut Jr has hit in fact on a true science-fiction subject. As an American prisoner, in German hands, he was a witness to the Dresden holocaust, that appalling Day of Judgment for thousands — although who deserves to be judged by whom is less obvious than you may think.

The Vietnam War, as seen on Newsweek magazine covers (1964-1973)
The Vietnam War, as seen on Newsweek covers (1964-1973)

Regular US combat units were deployed to Vietnam beginning in 1965, and while America’s direct military involvement ended on August 15, 1973, the last soldiers left Vietnam on March 29, 1975. Here, take a look back at how some of the military action was portrayed stateside by Newsweek magazine.

Who was Frederick Douglass? (1895)

Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave in Talbot county, Maryland, in 1817, was the one conspicuous anti-slavery agitator who spoke of the wrongs and cruelty of slavery from personal experience.

The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

Movie review: The Bridge On The River Kwai “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” like “Beau Geste” before it, may well become the stiff-upper-lip classic