America's Home Front Heroes: An Oral History of World War II

America's Home Front Heroes: An Oral History of World War II

America's Home Front Heroes: An Oral History of World War II

America's Home Front Heroes: An Oral History of World War II

Synopsis

America's Home Front Heroes: An Oral History of World War II brings together in one rich resource the voices of those whom history often leaves out-the ordinary men, women, and children caught up in an extraordinary time.

America's Home Front Heroes is divided into four sections: A Time for Heightened Passion, A Time for Caution and Prejudice, A Time for Flag Waving, and A Time for War Plant Women. The 34 brief oral histories within these sections capture the full diversity of the United States during the war, with contributions coming from men, women, and children of all backgrounds, including Japanese Americans, conscientious objectors, African Americans, housewives, and journalists. A treasure trove for researchers and World War II enthusiasts, this remarkable volume offers members of "the greatest generation" an opportunity to relive their defining era. For those with no direct experience of the period, it's a chance to learn firsthand what it was like living in the United States at a pivotal moment in history.

Excerpt

What happened on our home front while the world watched World War II? Stacy Enyeart felt the need to share that experience with those who know little or nothing of its impact on our country’s history. Using her expertise as a professional writer, television producer, and community activist for seniors, she started her journey into the past. America’s Home Front Heroes is the result of that journey. It reveals the highly emotional time generated by the war and its effect on people back home.

This important book paints a vivid picture of on-going sacrifices on the home fronts across the United States. Luxuries were practically nonexistent and food, clothing, gasoline, and many other items were strictly rationed. New car production came to a halt. There was a ceiling price on just about everything. For those in combat each day could mean death. Those at home lived in constant fear that they would receive a dreaded telegram from the War Department. There was a daily connection, at least in spirit, between the home front and battle fronts.

Across the country, most Americans were very patriotic putting flags on their houses, collecting money for the USOs, purchasing war bonds, and making do with what they had. When the service people came home on furlough, they were treated like the heroes they were.

I saw both sides of World War II—first on the home front, then as a soldier from 1943 to 1945. As a sergeant in the glider regiment, I served in France in the 13th Airborne Division, which was one-half paratroopers and one-half glider troops. I was prepared to silently transport and drop troops across the Rhine in Germany to help General . . .

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