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The home fronts of Iowa, 1939-1945 / Lisa L. Ossian.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: D769.85.I8 O86 2009

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    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.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Ossian, Lisa L., 1962-
    Published
    Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2009
    Locale
    Iowa
    Contents
    Soldiers of the soil: the farm front
    E awards and WOWs: the production front
    Bonds, scrap, and boys: the community front
    Mrs. America's mission: the kitchen front.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-233) and index.
    Soldiers of the soil: the farm front -- E awards and WOWs: the production front -- Bonds, scrap, and boys: the community front -- Mrs. America's mission: the kitchen front.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780826218568
    0826218563 (alk. paper)
    Physical Description
    xv, 242 pages ; 24 cm

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