We Were in the Big One: Experiences of the World War II Generation

We Were in the Big One: Experiences of the World War II Generation

by Mark P. Parillo

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World War II was truly the largest and greatest conflict in U.S. history. We Were in the Big One: Experiences of the World War II Generation is a collection of diary entries, letters, photographs, and other documents from that era. Carefully selected from the Eisenhower Library's World War II Participants Collection and other archives, this material-generated in response to the historical events themselves-reflects the mindset of the people who produced it.

These documents shed light on one of the most important periods of American history. We Were in the Big One is one of the first books to make primary source material on this era widely available for use in the classroom. These contemporary documents reveal a great deal about the attitudes of the World War II generation toward matters such as gender, political beliefs, race, religion, social and cultural mores, and personal values.

With a concise introduction and headnotes that introduce each document, Prof. Parillo provides an interpretive framework that puts the selections in context for students. Parillo shows how the war affected Americans across gender lines, across social and political spectrums, on the home front, and on the battlefield. This compelling text enables students to discover how the war truly influenced an entire generation of Americans. We Were in the Big One is an excellent resource for courses in American twentieth-century history, World War II, and U.S. social and cultural history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461621591
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Mark P. Parillo is associate professor of history at Kansas State University and a faculty member of the KSU Institute for Military History and Twentieth Century Studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Becoming a Soldier
Chapter 2 At the Front
Chapter 3 Healing
Chapter 4 So That Others May Fight
Chapter 5 Since You Went Away
Chapter 6 The Arsenal of Democracy
Chapter 7 In the War's Shadow
Chapter 8 Coming Home

What People are Saying About This

Allan R. Millett

Parillo has assembled an exceptional sample of personal perspectives on World War II. The testimony of American military personnel, war workers, families, and overseas observers provides a well-rounded view of the wartime experience. These are people you will care about.--Allan R. Millett, Mason Professor of Military History

Donald Detwiler

This collection of letters, diary entries, and excerpts from a variety of other contemporary sources gives the reader a firsthand impression of how Americans experienced World War II at home and abroad. We Were in the Big One is a welcome contribution to the literature on the war because it helps the reader appreciate the human dimension of the conflict and because it draws attention to sometimes underemphasized aspects of the war's impact on American society as a whole.--Donald Detwiler, Chairman, World War II Studies Association

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