After World War II, the pivotal event in twentieth-century American history, life both at home and abroad seemed more complex and more dangerous than ever before. The political, economic, and social changes wrought by the war, such as the centralization and regulation of economic affairs by the federal government, new roles for women and minorities in American life, and the world leadership of the United States, remained in place after the soldiers and sailors returned home. Although the impact of World War II was not as transformative for the Great Plains as it was for other areas of the United States, it was still significant and tumultuous. Emphasizing the region's social and economic history, The Great Plains during World War II is the first book to examine the effects of the war on the region and the responses of its residents. Beginning with the isolationist debate that preceded the war, R. Douglas Hurt traces the residents' changing view of the European conflict and its direct impact on the plains. Hurt argues that the people of the Great Plains based their patriotic response to the war effort on the concept of comparative sacrifice. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, this compelling and frank history brings to life the voices and experiences of the residents of the Great Plains in recounting the story of the daily concerns of ordinary people that have become part of the nation's history of this seminal event.
After World War II, the pivotal event in twentieth-century American history, life both at home and abroad seemed more complex and more dangerous than ever before. Emphasizing the region's social and economic history, this work examines the effects of the war on the region and the responses of its residents.
List of IllustrationsPreface1. Reluctance2. The Work of War3. Women at Work4. The Home Front5. Rationing6. The Farm and Ranch Front7. Agricultural Labor8. Military Affairs9. Internment10. Prisoner-of-War Camps11. Indians in Wartime12. War's EndAppendix of TablesNotesBibliographyIndex
"A comprehensive volume that provides a wealth of detail previously unavailable to scholars. The Great Plains tends to be a neglected region, and this book helps admirably to correct this historical oversight."-Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, South Dakota History -- Pamela Riney-Kehrberg * South Dakota History *"A very strong, well-written book by a veteran scholar at the top of his game."-David Danbom, Kansas History -- David Danbom * Kansas History *"Well written and exhaustively researched, this work is a welcome addition to WWII historiography."-P. G. Connors, Choice -- P. G. Connors * Choice *"This is a much-needed addition not only to Great Plains historiography but also to the vast literature on the U.S. during World War II. While there are many books on the Plains during the "Dirty Thirties", this is the first that examines the region's history in the Warring Forties."-Sterling Evans, American Historical Review -- Sterling Evans * American Historical Review *"In this beautifully produced book, Hurt has brought together disparate evidence that until now has rested in obscure state journals, government documents, and newspaper collections. As a result, he has provided fresh insights to the WWII Home Front."-Mark Friedberger, Western Historical Quarterly -- Mark Friedberger * Western Historical Quarterly *
Examines the effects of the war on the region and the responses of its residents
R. Douglas Hurt is a professor and head of the Department of History at Purdue University. He is the author of many books, including The Indian Frontier, 1763-1846 and Problems of Plenty: The American Farmer in the Twentieth Century.