Broehm, Barbara / World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth
World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth, pp. -30
Barbara Broehm History Seminar: 448-480 December 14, 2000 World War II Through the Eyes of Manitowoc's Homefront Youth. There is an old saying "children should be seen and not heard." This seems to describe the situation of America's youth during World War II. One can look through scrapbooks and see the faces of these young people. However, one has no idea what these young people were thinking or how they made sense of their world. To date, little historical record is available of the American youth's perspective during World War II. My research includes fourteen oral histories of men and women who were between the ages of eight to eighteen during the Second World War. 1941-1945 Wisconsin Department of Defense records proved helpful in gaining a perspective of how bond drives, scrap drives and Victory Gardens were promoted in Wisconsin. These records were helpful in determining the level of propaganda used to promote the war effort. During the interviews, these fourteen individuals expressed in their own words what it was like growing up during World War II. They reminisce about their personal life, community life, and popular culture. The voices of Manitowoc's youth of World War II were heard as they recall the changes brought about in their lives and their society because of the war. The Second World War did affect America's youth economically, socially, and psychologically.
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