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Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run

Sarah Jo Peterson

Abstract

Before Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941 to be a “date which will live in infamy”; before American soldiers landed on D-Day; before the B-17s, B-24s, and B-29s roared over Europe and Asia, there was Willow Run. Located twenty-five miles west of Detroit, the bomber plant at Willow Run and the community that grew up around it attracted tens of thousands of workers from across the United States during World War II. Together, they helped build the nation’s “Arsenal of Democracy,” but Willow Run also became the site of repeated political conflicts over how to build suburbia while mobi ... More

Keywords: suburbia, Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 7, American soldiers, D-Day, Willow Run, bomber plant, World War II, Arsenal of Democracy, political conflicts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226025421
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226025568.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Jo Peterson, author