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