V Was for Victory (Magill's Literary Annual 1977)
World War II has long been a forgotten episode in America’s domestic history. Scholars have carefully chronicled the exploits of the millions who marched off to battle and have examined the war years in search of the diplomatic antecedents of the subsequent Cold War. But what of those who remained behind manning the home front? John Morton Blum attempts to tell their story in V Was for Victory.
More precisely, Blum seeks to tell parts of their story. As he himself makes clear at the outset, this book is not a history of the home front per se but rather a collection of essays on selected facets of American politics and culture during the war years. It is a strangely discursive work, unified by the theme of World War II as a profoundly conservative experience for the American people. The desire for military victory overwhelmed all other goals and destroyed any hope that the war would be waged as a glorious crusade for a better world of international tranquillity and domestic justice. As Blum observes, “wartime needs reinforced institutional patterns of prewar society, and in so doing stamped postwar conditions.” The message resonates through chapters treating such widely diverse topics as government propaganda, popular perceptions of the enemy and of the American G. I., the wartime experiences of various minority groups, presidential and congressional politics, and business-government relations.
This volume is both...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1977)
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