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This collection of brief biographical sketches presents the American experience in the World War II era by looking at the conflict through the ordeals of a broad array of men and women. The stories of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served in the European and Pacific theaters are included here. Among the persons in uniform, subjects include an aviation trainer and combat commander, an infantryman, and a prisoner of war. The critical homefront comes to life through such diverse figures as a Kansas farmer, a famous Hollywood actor, women workers in the Iron Range of Minnesota, a Mennonite conscientious objector, and a wartime congresswoman. The varied experiences of a Japanese-American couple, a Jewish policymaker, and black leader reveal the trials and accomplishments of minority groups during this tumultuous time. By focusing on a wide variety of Americans, The Human Tradition in the World War II Era gives readers a fuller understanding of the tremen-dous war effort mounted by the U.S., but also a deeper sense of its profound impact on American society at large and on the lives of individuals both in the field and on the homefront. These compelling, personal stories will capture the imagination of all those interested in military history, American history, and World War II.

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Editorial Reviews

Dennis E. Showalter
The Human Tradition in the World War II Era's focus on individual experiences as a means to tell a wider story makes it extremely valuable for classroom use.
Presents 16 biographical sketches of Americans men and women and their WWII ordeals, both at war and at home. Includes a few ethnicities (German American Jew, African American, Japanese American); several trades (farmer, miner, government officials); US army, navy, air force, and marine members; a war correspondent; a conscientious objector; and others. The editor, a military historian, offers an introduction on the US's involvement in WWII and its consequences at home and abroad. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From The Critics
The Human Tradition In The World War II Era is an informative collection of brief biographical sketches presenting the American experience during the second world war by examining the conflict through the ordeals of a broad array of men and women. Here are the stories of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served in the European and pacific theaters. The Human Tradition In The World War II Era is divided into three major sections: The Home Front; The Government; and The Sharp End. Readers will appreciate a fuller understanding of the tremendous war effort mounted by the Americas, and gain a deeper sense of the war's profound impact on American society at large, and the lives of individuals both in the field and at home. This is very highly recommended, compelling, instructive reading for students of 20th century American history, culture, and participation in World War II.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842027861
  • Publisher: Scholarly Resources, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Human Tradition in America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Americans in Total War Part 2 I The Home Front Chapter 3 Ralph A. Lee: Farmer and Service Station Operator Chapter 4 Mary Mihelcich: Iron Miner Chapter 5 William H. Hastie: The Freedom to Serve Chapter 6 The Hara Family: The Story of a Nisei Couple Chapter 7 Harold D. Lehman: A Conscientious Objector's Story Chapter 8 John Wayne: The Man and His Hero Part 9 II The Government Chapter 10 Henry Morgenthau Jr.: American Statesman and German American Jew Chapter 11 Margaret Chase Smith: Wartime Congresswoman Chapter 12 Harold E. Stassen: Governor, Naval Officer, and Diplomat Part 13 III The Sharp End Chapter 14 Arthur W. Radford: Aviation Trainer and Combat Commander Chapter 15 James M. Gavin: Pioneer in Airborne Warfare, Battlefield Commander, and Military Maverick Chapter 16 Kenneth R. Martin, James Howard, and the Pioneer Mustang Group Chapter 17 Brooks E. Kleber: An Infantryman's War Chapter 18 Mack Morriss: Guardsman to Yank Combat Correspondent Chapter 19 Justice M. Chambers: An American Cincinnatus Chapter 20 George A. Lincoln: The Evolution of a National Strategist Chapter 21 Index

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