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Greatest Generation Comes Home

The Veteran in American Society

By Michael D. Gambone

Publication Year: 2005

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-

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Acknowledgments

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pp. iv-

I lack adequate time and space to thank everyone involved in this project. Many people have lent key support as the work has evolved over the years. Some people...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-14

Veterans have always been with us. In the beginning, as tiny settlements of colonists clung to the New England and Virginia shorelines, they were often the only thing standing between survival and death. At the start...

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Chapter 1 Home

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pp. 15-37

Home is what they all dreamed about. It became their refuge after the first shock of induction into military service and the completely alien experience...

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Chapter 2 Healing the Wounds

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pp. 38-62

Shock is what they felt first. Disbelief that it could happen. Sometimes the wound felt like nothing at all, a tug on the uniform as fighting raged around them, a minor item in a maelstrom. Sometimes it came all at once...

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Chapter 3 Fitting In [Contains Image Plates]

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pp. 63-89

Eventually the celebrations died down. The tears dried. The "welcome home" banners were removed from front porches. Uniforms found their way to a footlocker in the attic. A decent interval of rest followed the days and weeks...

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Chapter 4 GI Jane Comes Home

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pp. 90-113

It was their war, too. In 1940, women had watched as hundreds of thousands of their fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers entered military service, called to duty by peacetime conscription. After Pearl...

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Chapter 5 Minority Veterans Come Home

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pp. 114-146

Americans of all races answered the call to arms in 1941. Participation in the war was a reflection of their outrage, their patriotism, and a collectively held desire to see the conflict through so that peace could someday return...

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Chapter 6 The Veteran and the Postwar Film

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pp. 147-165

War has always been an excellent topic for the movies. It is epic in scope, violent by nature, and, in many cases, the perfect context to resolve the moral conflict between good and evil. War is a life-anddeath struggle that captures...

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Chapter 7 Retreads

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pp. 166-187

It was easy to fall into a comfortable routine. New priorities came with new births, new jobs, new mortgages. Every day started with the coffeepot, the commute to work, small headaches over numbers and deadlines. The...

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Chapter 8 Legacies

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pp. 188-194

Our perception of the late forties has grown more complex with the passage of time and the inclusion of old details rediscovered by younger eyes. As we have peeled away the layers of this decade, old assumptions about the...

Notes

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pp. 195-240

Bibliographic Essay

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pp. 241-266

Index

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pp. 267-271


E-ISBN-13: 9781603445504
E-ISBN-10: 1603445501
Print-ISBN-13: 9781585444885
Print-ISBN-10: 158544488X

Page Count: 286
Illustrations: 17 b&w photos.
Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series

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Subject Headings

  • Veterans -- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- United States.
  • United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-.
  • United States -- History -- 1945-1953.
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