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Allan M. Winkler is Distinguished Professor of History at Miami University in Ohio. He has also taught at Yale University and the University of Oregon and, for one year each, at the University of Helsinki in Finland, the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and the University of Nairobi in Kenya. A prize-winning teacher, he is author of ten books of his own, which include Life Under a Cloud: American Anxiety about the Atom, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Making of Modern America, and “To Everything There is a Season”: Pete Seeger and the Power of Song, and co-author of the college textbook The American People: Creating a nation and a Society and the high school textbook America: Pathways to the Present.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments / vii
Preface to the Third Edition / xi
Prologue / 1
Chapter One: The Arsenal of Democracy / 7
The President and Mobilization / 7
Industrial Mobilization / 12
Mobilization and the Business Community / 16
Mobilization and the Workforce / 20
Mobilization and Money / 25
Conclusion / 28
Chapter Two: American Society at War / 30
Mood and Morale / 31
Campaigns and Popular Change / 37
Shortages and Controls / 43
Wartime Dislocation / 49
Conclusion / 55
Chapter Three: Outsiders and Ethnic Groups / 56
Women and the War / 57
African Americans and the Struggle for Equality / 65
Latinos at War / 76
American Indians and the War / 80
Italian Americans under Attack / 82
Chinese Americans in the Conflict / 83
Japanese Americans: Civilian Casualties of War / 84
American Jews and the War / 88
Conclusion / 90
Chapter Four: The Politics of War / 91
The Elections of 1940 and 1942 / 92
The Elections of 1944 / 96
The Impact of the Conservative Coalition / 100
Executive Leadership and Expansion / 105
Harry S. Truman / 108
Conclusion / 110
Epilogue / 111
Bibliographical Essay / 116
Index / 131
Illustrations and Photographs follow page 20