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The human tradition in the World War II era
Muir, Malcolm, 1943-
Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, [2001]

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xxiii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction: Americans in total war / Malcolm Muir Jr. -- Ralph A. Lee: farmer and service station operator / R. Alton Lee -- Mary Mihelcich: iron miner / Dana Miller -- William H. Hastie: the freedom to serve / C. Alvin Hughes -- The Hara family: the story of a Nisei couple / Thomas Hara -- Harold D. Lehman: a conscientious objector's story / Harold D. Lehman -- John Wayne: the man and his hero / John C. Lindeman and William J. Woolley -- Henry Morgenthau Jr.: American statesman and German American Jew / Dewey A. Browder -- Margaret Chase Smith: wartime congresswoman / Janann Sherman -- Harold E. Stassen: governor, naval officer, and diplomat / William E. Lass -- Arthur W. Radford: aviation trainer and combat commander / Jeffrey G. Barlow -- James M. Gavin: pioneer in airborne warfare, battlefield commander, and military maverick / Spencer C. Tucker -- Kenneth R. Martin, James Howard, and the pioneer Mustang group / Thomas A. Hughes -- Brooks E. Kleber: an infantryman's war / Brooks E. Kleber -- Mack Morriss: guardsman to Yank combat correspondent / Ronnie Day -- Justice M. Chambers: an American Cincinnatus / Donald F. Bittner -- George A. Lincoln: the evolution of a national strategist / Charles F. Brower IV.
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This collection of brief biographical sketches presents the American experience in the World War II era by looking at the conflict through the ordeals of a broad array of men and women. The stories of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served in the European and Pacific theaters are included here. Among the persons in uniform, subjects include an aviation trainer and combat commander, an infantryman, and a prisoner of war. The critical homefront comes to life through such diverse figures as a Kansas farmer, a famous Hollywood actor, women workers in the Iron Range of Minnesota, a Mennonite conscientious objector, and a wartime congresswoman. The varied experiences of a Japanese-American couple, a Jewish policymaker, and black leader reveal the trials and accomplishments of minority groups during this tumultuous time.

By focusing on a wide variety of Americans, The Human Tradition in the World War II Era gives readers a fuller understanding of the tremen-dous war effort mounted by the U.S., but also a deeper sense of its profound impact on American society at large and on the lives of individuals both in the field and on the homefront. These compelling, personal stories will capture the imagination of all those interested in military history, American history, and World War II.

Table of Contents

Malcolm Muir Jr.R. Alton LeeDana MillerC. Alvin HughesThomas HaraHarold D. LehmanJohn C. Lindeman and William J. WoolleyDewey A. BrowderJanann ShermanWilliam E. LassJeffrey G. BarlowSpencer C. TuckerThomas A. HughesBrooks E. KleberRonnie DayDonald F. BittnerCharles F. Brower IV
Introduction: Americans in Total Warp. xiii
I The Home Front
1 Ralph A. Lee: Farmer and Service Station Operatorp. 3
2 Mary Mihelcich: Iron Minerp. 17
3 William H. Hastie: The Freedom to Servep. 29
4 The Hara Family: The Story of a Nisei Couplep. 45
5 Harold D. Lehman: A Conscientious Objector's Storyp. 65
6 John Wayne: The Man and His Herop. 83
II The Government
7 Henry Morgenthau Jr.: American Statesman and German American Jewp. 101
8 Margaret Chase Smith: Wartime Congresswomanp. 121
9 Harold E. Stassen: Governor, Naval Officer, and Diplomatp. 139
III The Sharp End
10 Arthur W. Radford: Aviation Trainer and Combat Commanderp. 159
11 James M. Gavin: Pioneer in Airborne Warfare, Battlefield Commander, and Military Maverickp. 177
12 Kenneth R. Martin, James Howard, and the Pioneer Mustang Groupp. 195
13 Brooks E. Kleber: An Infantryman's Warp. 211
14 Mack Morriss: Guardsman to Yank Combat Correspondentp. 225
15 Justice M. Chambers: An American Cincinnatusp. 241
16 George A. Lincoln: The Evolution of a National Strategistp. 261
Indexp. 279