Cover

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pp. 1-1

Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

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Preface

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pp. ix-xi

How does one begin to write about the complexities surrounding World War II? This war, as John Keegan so succinctly states in the foreword to his extensive study of it, is the largest single event in human history. The war ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xv

“I hate war” is one quotation engraved on a wall at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. I read those words just days before this book was completed, reminding me of poignant and powerful ...

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Introduction

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pp. 2-20

“Iowa,” a journalist wrote in early 1940, “is in a piece of pie at the potluck dinner given by the Ladies’ Aid Society at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church.” Iowans liked to describe themselves in such simple terms, ...

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1. Soldiers of the Soil: The Farm Front

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pp. 21-49

Food is an important weapon of war. During World War I, Food Administrator Herbert Hoover had stressed that food would win the war. Before the United States entered World War II, Secretary of Agriculture ...

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2. “E” Awards and WOWs: The Production Front

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pp. 50-89

As the Reverend Dale Welch spoke to the seventh annual meeting of the Iowa Taxpayers Association in October 1941, he told the businessmen that this was “a grand and awful time.” Welch elaborated, “Yes, ...

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3. Bonds, Scrap, and Boys: The Community Front

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pp. 90-120

When Thomas Lutman, a pastor from Sheldon, addressed the Iowa Retail Hardware Association’s annual convention in February 1942, he professed that the efforts of men and women on Main Street would win ...

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4. Mrs. America’s Mission: The Kitchen Front

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pp. 121-154

A thousand members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs gathered in Washington, DC, on January 24, 1942, for the National Defense Forum. The secretary of agriculture’s economic adviser, Mordecal ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 155-164

On January 20, 1945, President Roosevelt delivered his fourth inaugural speech on a cold and overcast winter day in Washington, DC. Roosevelt’s speech would be one of only three inaugural addresses ever in the ...

Notes

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pp. 165-201

Bibliography

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pp. 203-233

Index

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pp. 235-242