America's Home Front Heroes
An Oral History of World War II
From the shocking attack on Pearl Harbor to the euphoria of V-J Day, every day of the United States’ involvement in World War II was an emotional roller coaster on the home front. Now there is a new way to gain insights into this often overlooked aspect of the war—listening to the people who experienced it themselves.
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A new compendium of firsthand reminiscences of life on the American home front during World War II.
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.
- 34 concise oral histories describing everyday life in the United States during World War II
- Four sections: A Time for Heightened Passion, A Time for Caution, A Time for Flag Waving, and A Time for War Plant Women
- Based entirely on primary sources—letters, journals, correspondence, interviews, etc—from people who lived through World War II on the American home front
- Photographs that capture the look and feel of how life changed for Americans at home during World War II
- Includes contributions and photographs from Martha Kostyra, mother of Martha Stewart
- Enhances traditional history book coverage of World War II by adding the voices of everyday men, women, and children caught up in it
- Offers firsthand accounts of life during World War II that include details even enthusiasts of the period are likely unaware of
- Provides researchers a fresh new perspective on everyday life on the home front
- Serves as a reminder of a time when everyone—not just soldiers and their families—made sacrifices to support the war effort
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"Transcribing the recollections of dozens who lived through the war years, Stacy Enyeart has brought together an interesting combination of memories and perspectives in this oral history collection. The personal touches provided by these oral histories make the events of the time come alive, reminding us that those events were very real, changing the lives of everyone who lived through the era."
"History teachers will find this a very useful tool when studying the World War II experience. Recommended."
"First, you'll not be able to put the book down once you open it. Find a hammock or a recliner and spend a few hours of non-stop mesmerizing reading."
First Place, non-fiction, history, 2010 — Connecticut Press Club