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The American Homefront During WWII (Hardback)

Blackouts, Ration-books and Rosie the Riveter

P&S History > By Century > 20th Century P&S History > Social History WWII

By C D Peterson
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 30 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399059237
Published: 30th July 2024


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Those were the slogans Americans called out to each other on the home front during WW II. They forged their days surrounded by fellow patriots sharing in the greatest endeavour of their lives: winning the war.

The American Home Front in WW II presents the striking story of those times starting with little-known events well before Pearl Harbor – the clashes between isolationists and those favoring intervention and America’s first peacetime draft.

The shock of Pearl Harbor transformed America from a peacetime country to a full wartime economy. Factories produced an airplane every sixty-one minutes. Women and Blacks entered the workforce as never before bringing about earthshaking changes.

Americans describe in their own words the rigors of everyday life: rationing, air raid drills, rigging up black curtains and scrap drives.

But Americans found ways to enjoy themselves- movie attendance swelled with films such as Casablanca while Broadway brought audiences Oklahoma. The music of Glen Miller and the voice of a skinny newcomer named Frank Sinatra had Americans swinging and swooning.

The American Home Front in WW II brings this story to life to capture the extraordinary level of patriotism and teamwork on the home front. It truly was a time when there were no strangers.

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About C D Peterson

C.D. Peterson - 'Pete' - has previously written several business books, a history, an award-winning screenplay, and Home Front, a memoir of his early life.

Pete grew up on his family’s farm during the 1940s and remembers well much of what he has written about in The American Homefront During WWII. The memories of blackout nights, war news, air raid drills, and rationing remain clear. Clearest is his memory of the patriotic spirit that infused everyday life. Pete, his family and his young friends collected scrap, planted victory gardens, and bought war bonds. And they all rejoiced on “V-J Day”.

He writes about this incredible era so that some can remember, more will learn, and none may forget. He lives in Connecticut. He is married with three grown children. Visit his website www.homefrontstories.com.

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