The War Comes to Plum Street

The War Comes to Plum Street

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What was it like to experience World War II in small-town America? Here is the story of the war at home as it unfolded in one small town, New Castle, Indiana. We see through the eyes of the residents of Plum Street as families search for information about the progress of the war and the fate of loved ones in the censored accounts in local newspapers. We overhear everyday conversation up and down the street, in which the dominant subject is the news from overseas. The war finds its way into letters and diaries, which also record private fears and hopes, rumors and town gossip, and the wonderfully mundane events of everyday more

Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 26mm | 498.95g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 21 b&w photos
  • 0253221064
  • 9780253221063

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This is a unique look at the war, far from the front lines, but equally impacting life on the home front. April 2009 * *show more

About Bruce C. Smith

Bruce C. Smith is a native of New Castle, Indiana. He lives in Daggett, more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Migration and a New Start in the 1920s2. Coping with Hard Times in the 1930s3. The Slow Pull Upward, Late 1930s4. Into the Storm, 193919415. Duty Calls Every Citizen, 19426. Bearer of Bad News, 19427. Urgent Preparation, 19438. Together, and Alone, 19439. Despair and Bitter Hope, 194410. Invasion, 194411. Will It Never End? 194512. We'll Meet Again, 1945EpilogueSourcesIndexshow more

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