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Of War and Men: World War II in the Lives of Fathers and Their Families

Ralph LaRossa

Abstract

Fathers in the 1950s tend to be portrayed as wise and genial pipe-smokers or distant, emotionless patriarchs. This common but limited stereotype obscures the remarkable diversity of their experiences and those of their children. To uncover the real story of fatherhood during this transformative era, this book takes the long view—from the attack on Pearl Harbor up to the election of John F. Kennedy—revealing the ways that World War II and its aftermath shaped men. Offering accounts of people both ordinary and extraordinary, the book explores the nature and after effects of combat, the culture o ... More

Keywords: Pearl Harbor, President Kennedy, combat, Cold War, racial minorities, sexual minorities, civil rights movement, suburbanization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226467429
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226470023.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralph LaRossa, author