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World War II served as a rallying call in Asheville and Western North Carolina, putting the citizens back to work. Asheville's two strongest economic sectors, tourism and medicine; its beautiful isolation; and advanced hospitals served the nation's needs during the Second World War. The United States secreted German and Japanese businessmen, federal agencies, and valuable art in these mountains, and recuperating soldiers found solace in the camps and inns. Meanwhile our citizens-black and white men, women, and children-offered themselves up for service. Images of America: Asheville and Western North Carolina in World War II tells their stories, from Pearl Harbor's bombing to the study of the long-term effects of radiation on the Japanese, from the far Pacific to stateside support groups and local sacrifices.
About the Author
Reid Chapman is a lecturer in education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Deborah Miles is the executive director of the Center for Diversity Education. 0This book, a companion to an exhibit created by the Center for Diversity Education on World War II in Western North Carolina, draws from nearly 200 interviews and well over 700 photographs and documents.