Foreword; Introduction; 1. The America They Left Behind; 2. The Ethnic Army; 3. Introduction to the Army; 4. Hours of Boredom; 5. Instants of Excitement and Terror; 6. Coming Home, Taking Over; 7. The New Consensus and Beyond; Conclusion; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
World War II shaped the United States in profound ways, and this new book--the first in the Legacies of War series--explores one of the most significant changes it fostered: a dramatic increase in ethnic and religious tolerance. A Nation Forged in War is the first full-length study of how large-scale mobilization during the Second World War helped to dissolve long-standing differences among white soldiers of widely divergent backgrounds. Never before or since have so many Americans served in the armed forces at one time: more than 15 million donned uniforms in the period from 1941 to 19.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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