The world capital competition of 1944-46 creates an opportunity for teachers seeking to make local connections to world affairs, as the Historical Society of Pennsylvania demonstrates in this new blog post. The featured UN Day History Lesson calls attention to some of the sources at the Historical Society that helped me put together the story of Philadelphia’s campaign to land the UN’s permanent headquarters. Take a look for links to photographs, maps, and the amazing journal of an overseas flight to London in 1945. To see how the interest in Philadelphia began, also see the original editorial from the Philadelphia Record, which I have just posted on the companion site for Independence Hall in American Memory.
As the new school year begins, I am glad to see Capital of the World is being picked up for course reading. Post here, and I’ll do my best to respond to questions or to provide primary sources related to the text. To start the conversation, here are some discussion questions that draw upon major themes from the book. I look forward to hearing about your journey into the worlds of civic boosters and diplomats at the end of World War II.