Civil War Fathers: Sons of the Civil War in World War II

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Civil War Fathers is the story of eight American families whose fathers fought in the Civil War and whose sons and daughters fought in World War II. It evolved from an interview project involving middle school children in Peoria, Illinois, into an amazing book encompassing almost 100 years of American history in two generations. Based on interviews with the surviving WWII veterans, this absorbing book views the Civil War through the eyes of children listening to their father s stories, and World War II through the eyes of the same children as grown up participants. The primary focus of the book, however, is the broad span of social, cultural, and economic change that swept the country over nine decades. The eight families profiled in Civil War Fathers are as diverse as would be expected from any group of eight randomly selected American families, yet their stories all share similar themes and values. For the Civil War generation, reasons for joining the Union forces and duties performed during the war cover the full span of thought and warfare for the period. For the World War II generation, their participation covered even wider areas of involvement, reflecting the technological and societal changes in warfare. Their reasons for joining the war, while more consistent than their Civil War fathers, were quite varied as well.
For all those interviewed, the one constant was that their early lives were full of challenges and change. The technological innovations in the early twentieth century seemed to arrive nonstop, but throughout it all, family and community remained at the center of their lives. As farmland gave way to cities, and hard outdoor labor yielded to factory and office jobs, these families evolved and remained a vibrant part of the American culture.

Civil War Fathers not only highlights these remarkable families, but offers a rare glimpse into the heart of middle America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries through the eyes of these eight families. It chronicles the changes from the Civil War to World War II that helped to create the America of today, and through the colorful and varied narratives recreates a very different time in America. Civil War Fathers is a must for all Americana, Civil War, and World War II collections. A surprising premise and compelling history...

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Tim Pletkovich attended Eastern Illinois University and has enjoyed a variety of careers since graduating in 1982. After college, his first job was as a scout for the Chicago Cubs, where he became the youngest scout in the major leagues. In 1985 he entered broadcast journalism as a radio analyst, covering the Boston Red Sox in New England. In 1987 he turned to education and started his teaching career in Queens, New York. While in New York he began his graduate studies at Fordham, later transferring to Illinois State University. While in the graduate program, he developed an interest in researching primary source documents relating to social issues in the post-Civil War era. Articles resulting from his original research have been published in numerous historical publications. He presently teaches middle school in Peoria, Illinois. When not writing or teaching, he is an avid tennis player. Civil War Fathers is his first book.

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