The Sojourners: Life on the American Homefront During World War II

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TheUnited States was just beginning to emerge from the Great Depression of 1930swhen war began to rage in Europe. The United States at this time was not anactive participant in the war. However, the U.S. was shipping war materials toEngland and Russia to aid their effort. The draft to conscript for the servicehad been initiated in order to develop a state of readiness in the event theU.S. would enter the European War. It was against this backdrop that theImperial Japanese Navy, allies of Hitler's Germany, made a surprise attack onthe American Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. This single actmobilized the entire nation to build the military forces that would defeat theenemy in Europe and in the Pacific.Thestory is about that mobilization and it is developed around one eight-year-oldboy and his family as they are forced to move from the rural south into theindustrial northeast. The boy becomes a witness to the history that developsdaily. He, along with the boys from other families also forced to move to theregion, have many adventures as they assimilate into the new community. Duringthis time of shortages and rationing they must improvise in order to try tolead a normal life without the standard accoutrements of their age group. Intheir desire to live and grow they become ensnarled in many situations thatillustrate the temperament and values of the time.Thestory harkens back to a much more innocent and simple time. The historicalcontent is complemented by the humorous activities and behavior of the youngboys and their relationship to the adults of that era.

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R. Allen Pender is a retired Engineer and the grandfather of fifteen children. It is this latter circumstance that inspired the U.S. Army veteran in his late sixties to write about his and his family's experiences on the American home front during World War II. He and his peers grew up during a unique time in modern American History. When he entered this world, The United States and rest of the world was buried in the depths of the Great Depression. The world wide economic turmoil which followed the Stock Market crash of 1929 created a political environment which fostered the growth of a variety of nationalistic movements in Europe and Asia. The leaders who rose up from within these movements sought to solve their economic problems by conquering and enslaving neighboring nations. The United States was somewhat isolated from the military operations taking place across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the late 1930's the United States began assisting England and Russia with war materials as both nations were engaged in repulsing the attacks of Hitler's Germany. Finally, on December 7, 1941; The Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the American Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.And now the U.S. was now thrust officially into the War.The author was too young to enter military service in the conflict. However, he and his friends became a part of the War effort on the home front. They grew up in an environment beset with shortages and rationing. They shared in the sacrifices, which were imposed on the rest of society. The coming of age through this period has had a lifelong impact on the author and those of his generation. Like many others, he served in the military during the Korean War and then using the G.I. Bill went to college at night. In 1998 he retired after having a successful engineering career with many accomplishments. In his retirement years, Mr. Pender continues to consult with many clients on environmental and construction matters.

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