The home fronts of Iowa, 1939-1945 / Lisa L. Ossian
- Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2009
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-233) and index
This book considers the war years in Iowa by looking at activity on different home fronts and analyzing the resilience of Iowans in answering the call to support the U.S. entry into World War II. The author draws not only on historical archives, but also on artifacts of popular culture to record the rhetoric and emotion of their support. She shows how Iowans quickly moved from a skeptical stance to overwhelming enthusiasm for the war and answered the call on four fronts: farms, factories, communities, and kitchens. The book depicts real people and their concerns, showing the price paid in physical and mental exhaustion. It also shows the relevance of such issues as race, class and gender while depicting real people and their concerns, showing the price paid in physical and mental exhaustion. The fact that Iowans could become loyal citizen soldiers-- forming an Industrial and Defense Commission even before Pearl Harbor-- speaks not only to the patriotism of these sturdy midwesterners but also to the overall resilience of Americans.
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