Waging War on the Home Front

Waging War on the Home Front

An Illustrated Memoir of World War II

Book - 2004
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"The United States' entry into World War II necessitated rapid mobilization of the country's shipbuilding industry. A massive national effort was needed to build ships faster than they were being sunk by the enemy. This book recounts how that need was met by the home-front workforce." "Chauncey French and his wife, Jessie, were among the hundreds of thousands of workers recruited by Henry Kaiser for the nation's wartime emergency shipbuilding program. The memoir that French began while working as a pipe fitter in the Kaiser shipyard in Vancouver, Washington, is a compelling account of how the war changed the lives of those at home. His first-hand stories relate the sometimes tense and often humorous intermingling of people - including women and African Americans in unprecedented numbers - from different backgrounds who learned to work together for a common cause." "The editors have selected and annotated more than 150 illustrations that capture the human drama, teamwork, and camaraderie that made the incredible level of production at the shipyards possible. Introductory essays, an appendix, notes, additional reading, and an index augment the author's narrative."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: Portland : Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission Corvallis ; Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780870710483
Characteristics: xxx, 209 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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