The Cold War was a different kind of war that lasted for more than 40 years. Countries did not shoot at one another, but they spied on and competed against one another. It was a war of beliefs as the United States believed in democracy and the Soviet Union advocated communism.
In 1939, another war that would encompass the world began in Europe. World War II began as a conflict of beliefs concerning government among countries in Europe. The United States stayed on the sidelines, unwilling to become involved in the war until Japan attacked a Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
During the 1800s, the United States was in conflict over slavery. Though compromises were made, neither side was pleased. Abolitionists and pro-slavery people engaged in conflicts and often deadly clashes. With South Carolina and other southern states seceding, war was inevitable.
More men lost their lives during the battles of the Civil War than in any other war involving the United States. No one suspected that it would last four long years. At the beginning of the war, the battles were fought in southern territory. Each conflict brought more death and despair. In the end, the South surrendered, but everyone actually lost. Together, everyone faced the tremendous challenge of forgiving each other and rebuilding the nation.
Flying the latest military aircraft and patrolling the air are just part of the job of the United States Air Force. Learn about the technology behind the aircraft and the men and women who operate them.
With primary source photos, infographics, timelines, charts and strongly controlled leveled text this title describes the heroic efforts of the female pilots known as WASPs who served during World War II.
World War I, or the Great War, began in Europe as a military rivalry between France and Germany. As other countries took sides and joined the conflict, the war grew and became worldwide. In 1917, the United States entered the war in an effort to make the world safe for democracy, and afterwards it became a world power.