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"This remains a superb story. Bruce C. Smith has a wonderful eye for detail and a compelling perspective and voice. We care about this place and the people who live here." -- James H. Madison, author of Wendell Willkie: Hoosier Internationalist and A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America

The War Comes to Plum Street brings to life the Second World War through the eyes of a small group of neighbors from a Midwestern town. Bruce C. Smith presents their stories just as they happened, without explanation or interpretation. To experience the war as they did, insofar as it is possible, we must understand how they perceived everyday events and recognize the incompleteness of their knowledge of what was taking place in Europe and the Pacific. The inhabitants of Plum Street in New Castle, Indiana, resemble many other average Americans of their day. As we discover how they experienced those fateful years, these Americans may have something to teach us about how we live in our own turbulent time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. 1. Migration and a New Start in the 1920s
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 2. Coping with Hard Times in the 1930s
  2. pp. 20-46
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  1. 3. The Slow Pull Upward, Late 1930s
  2. pp. 47-72
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  1. 4. Into the Storm, 1939–1941
  2. pp. 73-89
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  1. 5. Duty Calls Every Citizen, 1942
  2. pp. 90-109
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  1. 6. Bearer of Bad News, 1942
  2. pp. 110-133
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  1. 7. Urgent Preparation, 1943
  2. pp. 134-164
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  1. 8. Together, and Alone, 1943
  2. pp. 165-193
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  1. 9. Despair and Bitter Hope, 1944
  2. pp. 194-213
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  1. 10. Invasion, 1944
  2. pp. 214-246
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  1. 11. Will It Never End? 1945
  2. pp. 247-271
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  1. 12. We’ll Meet Again, 1945
  2. pp. 272-291
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 292-300
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  1. Sources
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-308
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