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Leesburg, Florida during World War II: Portrait of an American home front

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2002
Summary:
World War II has been considered a "golden age" for Americans, years during which civilians cooperated in defense programs and faced shortages with cheerful self-sacrifice. The wartime experiences of individual communities such as Leesburg, Florida, provide pieces of the national mosaic and offer insight into small town perspectives of home front duty and obligation. Leesburg's residents faced the same adjustments as other Americans, and their immersion in wartime activities cultivated characteristic home front patriotism. Though the town's population nearly doubled when unprecedented military expansion brought thousands of personnel into the area, and hundreds of German POWs arrived to ease the critical agricultural labor shortage, Leesburg was spared the severe deprivation, health problems, and social tensions common in overcrowded defense industry areas. Thus Leesburg successfully preserved its civic goals, its social values, and its small town atmosphere, and experienced a slow but steady rate of growth and improvement during the war.
Title: Leesburg, Florida during World War II: Portrait of an American home front.
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Name(s): Tinsley, Robin C.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Norman, Sandra, Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2002
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 165 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: World War II has been considered a "golden age" for Americans, years during which civilians cooperated in defense programs and faced shortages with cheerful self-sacrifice. The wartime experiences of individual communities such as Leesburg, Florida, provide pieces of the national mosaic and offer insight into small town perspectives of home front duty and obligation. Leesburg's residents faced the same adjustments as other Americans, and their immersion in wartime activities cultivated characteristic home front patriotism. Though the town's population nearly doubled when unprecedented military expansion brought thousands of personnel into the area, and hundreds of German POWs arrived to ease the critical agricultural labor shortage, Leesburg was spared the severe deprivation, health problems, and social tensions common in overcrowded defense industry areas. Thus Leesburg successfully preserved its civic goals, its social values, and its small town atmosphere, and experienced a slow but steady rate of growth and improvement during the war.
Identifier: 9780496264513 (isbn), 13164 (digitool), FADT13164 (IID), fau:10024 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2002.
Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945--Social Aspects--United States
United States--Social conditions--1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Florida--Leesburg
Prisoners of war--Florida--History--20th century
World War, 1939-1945--Prisons and prisoners, American
World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects--United States
Leesburg, FL--Social conditions
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