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Broehm, Barbara / World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth
(December 2000)

World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth,   pp. [1]-30


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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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