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Wartime America : the World War II home front / John W. Jeffries.

By: Jeffries, John W, 1942-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: American ways series: Publisher: Chicago : I.R. Dee, c1996Description: x, 213 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 1566631181; 9781566631181; 156663119X (pbk.); 9781566631198 (pbk.).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Wartime America.DDC classification: 303.48/5 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
1. Wartime America: Frameworks and Meanings -- 2. Mobilizing the Economy -- 3. Victory at Home and Abroad -- 4. A Nation on the Move -- 5. New Circumstances, Old Patterns -- 6. "Americans All"? -- 7. "Politics as Usual" -- 8. Glimpses of War, Visions of Peace -- 9. Epilogue.
Summary: In this new and cogent history of America during World War II, John Jeffries suggests that our view of the war has been shaped by two widely accepted perspectives: as a "Good War" of national unity, virtue, and success; and as a "watershed" or turning point in the nation's history, marking fundamental change. Searching for the reality of experience behind these catchphrases, Mr. Jeffries discovers a richer and more varied portrait of America at war, one that defies easy interpretation. If great changes came to American life, they were not necessarily brought by the war; often the war simply continued or accelerated a trend that had been under way. If the struggle seemed to be one of common cause, the fact is that many Americans experienced social tensions and even conflict on the home front.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-207) and index.

1. Wartime America: Frameworks and Meanings -- 2. Mobilizing the Economy -- 3. Victory at Home and Abroad -- 4. A Nation on the Move -- 5. New Circumstances, Old Patterns -- 6. "Americans All"? -- 7. "Politics as Usual" -- 8. Glimpses of War, Visions of Peace -- 9. Epilogue.

In this new and cogent history of America during World War II, John Jeffries suggests that our view of the war has been shaped by two widely accepted perspectives: as a "Good War" of national unity, virtue, and success; and as a "watershed" or turning point in the nation's history, marking fundamental change. Searching for the reality of experience behind these catchphrases, Mr. Jeffries discovers a richer and more varied portrait of America at war, one that defies easy interpretation. If great changes came to American life, they were not necessarily brought by the war; often the war simply continued or accelerated a trend that had been under way. If the struggle seemed to be one of common cause, the fact is that many Americans experienced social tensions and even conflict on the home front.

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Library Journal Review

Jeffries (history, Univ. of Maryland) analyzes the home front both during World War II and in postwar life. He discusses the "good war" and what that really means. He explores Americans' mobility during the war as they relocated to work in defense plants, creating population shifts still evident today. He also takes up such topics as the expanding economy, women, and African Americans and other minority groups. The larger picture portrayed by Jeffries emphasizes the war as a turning point in American history. "A Note on Sources" serves as the concluding chapter, however, it does not take the place of documenting the facts presented throughout the book with footnotes or endnotes. This detracts from the credibility of the work. An optional title for history collections.‘Dorothy Lilly, Grosse Pointe North H.S. Lib., Mich. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

In this volume, Jeffries (UMD Baltimore County) draws on his extensive research on World War II to explain many complexities of life on the American home front. World War II significantly contributed to the creation of the contemporary country, and this book helps readers understand the scope of its influence on that development. Jeffries focuses on the "Greatest Generation" of people who lived through the Great Depression and World War II and on home front experiences in other countries involved in the conflict. The comparative home fronts chapter is especially useful because it establishes context for the American experience and helps readers understand the scope of change (and continuity) that occurred in the US. Jeffries maintains that the book is not a seminal examination of the home front but that it explains important aspects of wartime America. It contains a "Note on Sources" that provides a valuable guide for readers seeking additional information. The book is highly recommended as an updated, one-volume study of an important event in American history containing modern perspectives formed from extensive experience with the subject. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Jerry Purvis Sanson, Louisiana State University at Alexandria

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