Washington, D.C.: The World War II Years (Images of America Series)

Washington, D.C.: The World War II Years (Images of America Series)

by Paul Williams
     
 

As the country prepared for World War II, the nation's capital became a focal point of activity. Washington residents witnessed the local population nearly double in a few short years, as a mostly female work force descended on the city, while its male population was sent off to combat in Europe and the Pacific. Washingtonians planted victory gardens, ran scrap

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As the country prepared for World War II, the nation's capital became a focal point of activity. Washington residents witnessed the local population nearly double in a few short years, as a mostly female work force descended on the city, while its male population was sent off to combat in Europe and the Pacific. Washingtonians planted victory gardens, ran scrap drives, and suffered the effects of severe rationing along with the rest of the nation, while military personnel manned antiaircraft batteries around the city. New government agencies were created and existing ones expanded dramatically-most doubled their workforce and constructed hundreds of temporary facilities on the Mall and throughout the city. Washington also witnessed the construction of the largest office building in the world, the Pentagon, which was completed in just 16 months. Washington, D.C.: The World War II Years captures nearly 200 fascinating images from this era. These archival photographs chronicle the beginning stages of war preparation, little known civic defense organizations, VE and VJ celebratory parades, and the overall spirit of the continually persevering capital city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738516363
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
04/15/2004
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
892,332
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.35(d)

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