1941: Texas goes to war by James Ward Lee, Carolyn N. Barnes, Kent A. Bowman, Laura

By James Ward Lee, Carolyn N. Barnes, Kent A. Bowman, Laura Crow, Ann Richards

In 1941, while the japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the us came upon itself in a complete conflict, the folks of Texas rallied to the struggle attempt. women and men rushed to hitch the militia. those that remained behind—men, girls, and children—were squaddies at the domestic entrance: They rolled bandages, noticed plane, expert for air raids, stuffed jobs left vacant by way of carrier males, accumulated scrap scrimped and kept and received via with rationed sugar, meat, footwear, tires, and gasoline. Texas grew to become a middle for education and equipping the best battle computing device the area had ever seen.

World warfare II replaced Texas from oil and farm animals and cotton to and agribusiness.The expertise that grew out of the war—radar, tv, jet airplane, air-con for the masses—made a Texas that had now not been imagined ahead of 1941. And the Texans themselves replaced, as they left the country for remote places and for different elements of the U.S.. They left the rustic for the town to paintings in and such a lot might by no means go back to the farm other than in retirement years.

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There were two stores and a filling station. And, as best I can tell, there was no lake to view. Most Texans lived a rural or small-town life in the years before the war. We had no superhighways. Even our network of farm-to-market roads was yet to be built. If you wanted to go from Waco to Dallas, you could take the Texas Specialthe Missouri-Kansas-Texas passenger trainor you could take the Interurban. Rush-hour traffic was unheard of, and flying was still exotic. We lived at a slower pace. Before World War II, Dallas and Houston were big cities as far as we were concerned.

3/764 subject : World War, 1939-1945--Texas, Texas--History--1846-1950. 1941: Texas Goes to War Edited by: James Ward Lee Carolyn N. Barnes Kent A. Bowman Laura Crow Foreword by Governor Ann Richards A Center for Texas Studies Book University of North Texas Press Copyright © 1991 University of North Texas Press All Rights Reserved Printed in the United States of America Requests for permission to reproduce material from this work should be sent to: University of North Texas Press P. O. Box 13856 Denton, Texas 76203-3856 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data 1941 : Texas goes to war / edited by James Ward Lee, Carolyn N.

We were not a cosmopolitan people, but the war changed all that. It is impossible to put over 10 million men and women under arms and send them all over the nation and the world and still retain the small-town values of the pre-war days. Not only did we put nearly 10 percent of our national population in uniform, we put that many more in motion around the countryworking in shipyards and arsenals, doing volunteer work with the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, following husbands Page vii from camp to camp.

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