The Great Plains during World War II
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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"The Great Plains spreads across the vastness of ten states, or at least portions of those states. It is an amorphous region not easily identified because the boundaries change with the definition of the region. Some locate the parameters of the Great Plains by grass species."
"World War II became the pivotal event in twentieth-century American history, after which life seemed more complex and dangerous than ever before, both at home and abroad. The political, economic, and social changes wrought by the war, such as the..."
2. The Work of War
"The summer of 1939 brought both fear and opportunity to residents of the Great Plains. Europe hurtled toward war, and no one seemed able to prevent the coming violence. Most Great Plains residents hoped to avoid it, but nearly everyone saw the economic..."
3. Women at Work
"Women took a host of jobs outside the home during World War II. Between 1940 and 1945 the number of women in the workforce expanded by more than 50 percent, from 11.9 to 18.6 million, for 37 percent of all workers. Approximately 75 percent..."
4. The Home Front
"The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war on the United States by Germany and Italy galvanized the men and women of the Great Plains against the Axis powers. The official entry of the United States into the war quickly..."
"News of a new European war brought a spike in domestic prices for residents of the Great Plains. By September 7, 1939, only six days after Germany invaded Poland, food prices had escalated. Housewives complained and wanted local, state, and national officials to protect them from profi teering, hoarding, and speculation,..."
6. The Farm and Ranch Front
"By 1939 farmers in the Great Plains began to emerge from the Great Depression and the drought-stricken and dust-laden years of the 1930s. New Deal agricultural programs, particularly those of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (aaa) and the Commodity Credit Corporation, provided much-needed income for..."
7. Agricultural Labor
"World War II brought unprecedented prosperity to Great Plains farmers but also considerable uncertainty and problems regarding agricultural labor. By 1940 many young men and women were leaving the farms for high wages and regular hours in war related industries in the cities of the region. After 1940 thousands..."
8. Military Affairs
"The German invasion of Poland brought fear and anxiety to the people of the Great Plains. The memory of World War I, with the wanton sacrifice of lives by incompetent commanders, mud-filled trenches, and betrayed promises for peace and democracy, rekindled an old xenophobia. But it also caused many Great Plains residents to..."
"By the summer of 1940 fear based on the need for self-protection and patriotism anchored by racial prejudice led many Great Plains residents to restrict civil liberties and impose regulations on personal freedom that they would have rejected in less threatening..."
10. Prisoner-of-War Camps
"On July 26, 1943, Jimmie Don Morris, a boy in McLean, Texas, watched with excitement and anticipation as a troop train backed onto a siding at this Panhandle station. Other town residents had gathered as well, exhibiting uncommon interest and some anxiety as the crew unhooked the cars and the engine pulled away."
11. Indians in Wartime
"In September 1939 few Indians in the Great Plains considered the ramifications of Germanyâââ¬ââ¢s attack on Poland and the violent plunge of Europe into another world war. Instead, they struggled with chronic poverty, inadequate health care, and hopeless unemployment as well as education, credit, and land insuffi cient to enable..."
12. War's End
"The people of the Great Plains had anxiously awaited an invasion of Europe since December 1941, although some did so with apprehension. In January 1945 the Oklahoma City resident Eugene P. Graham, the secretary of the Oklahoma Bankers Association,..."
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Publication Year: 2008
OCLC Number: 228165629
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