The effects of the war raging across Europe were visible in Richmond as early as 1939, and Richmonders are always ready to fight for their cause. In that year, the city saw its first parking meters on the streets and began to collect aluminum scrap for use in war industries. In 1940, pursuant to the new draft law, Richmond's sons between the ages of twenty-one and thirty-five registered for the draft. While bomb shelters were put up all over the town, dances were held to maintain local morale. Even as local German families faced discrimination, Richmonders strived for a sense of unity and solidarity. Author and historian Walter Griggs Jr. revives this conflicted spirit, memorializing the sorrow and celebrating the triumphs of a resilient southern city through world war.
About the Author
Dr. Walter Griggs Jr. is a law professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds an MA and JD from the University of Richmond and PhD from William and Mary. He has written numerous articles and books on a variety of historical subjects and was awarded the Jefferson Davis Medal for his work.
Table of Contents
1 Europe in Flames, 1939 17
2 There Will Always Be an England, 1940 19
3 Remember Pearl Harbor, 1941 25
4 Keep Calm and Carry On, 1942 43
5 Keep Him Flying, Buy War Bonds, 1943 79
6 "OK, Let's Go," 1944 101
7 Peace, 1945 123
About the Author 144