The memoir of one who grew up in Pittsburgh during the Depression and in Swarthmore near Philadelphia during World War II. Her upbringing was influenced by both eras. The marketing of prophylactic devices to discourage or defer pregnancy and the rise of child psychology were in their infancy, just in time to give women the freedom their mothers and grandmothers lacked. Along with scientific approach to family planning, books and articles offered wise counseling for parents eager to raise commendable children. For these reasons, the Depression saw a sharp decline of large households in favor of small families with a single child.
During the Depression, hearts and minds were focused on survival. Each step forward under the leadership of President Roosevelt raised hopes for a better tomorrow. The attack on Pearl Harbor struck just as lives were improving and citizens were feeling positive about their country. This fervent patriotism was the catalyst that enabled the United States to defeat the enemies and begin the long road to prosperityl