This book is a collection of nine essays examining the impact of World War II on the American people. The contributions range from macro studies (the ways corporations sought to recruit women into the work force) to micro studies (the impact of the war on working conditions in Indiana) to biography (the Congressional career of Margaret Chase Smith). Focusing as it does on the domestic scene, this study offers a comprehensive selection of the impact of the war on Americans, and the way it influenced concepts of gender, race, class, and ethnicity.
About the Author
KENNETH PAUL O'BRIEN is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY-Brockport.
LYNN HUDSON PARSONS is a Professor of History at SUNY-Brockport.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Home-Front War by Kenneth Paul O'Brien and Lynn Hudson Parsons
World War II and the Bill of Rights by Richard Polenberg
Hollywood and the Politics of Representation: Women, Workers, and African Americans in World War II Movies by Clayton R. Koppes
Creating "Common Ground" on the Home Front: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in a 1940s Quarterly Magazine by William C. Beyer
"My Children Are My Jewels." Italian American Generations During World War II by George E. Pozzetta
Remembering Rosie: Advertising Images of Women in World War II by Maureen Honey
Women Defense Workers in World War II: Views on Gender Equality in Indiana by Nancy F. Gabin
"The Vice Admiral:" Margaret Chase Smith and the Investigation of Congested Areas in Wartime by Janann Sherman
Did the "Good War" Make Good Workers? by John Modell
Bad News from the Good War: Democracy at Home during World War II by Roger Daniels