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Of War and MenWorld War II in the Lives of Fathers and Their Families$
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Ralph LaRossa

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226467429

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226470023.001.0001

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“The Bodies That We Need”

“The Bodies That We Need”

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(p.29) Two “The Bodies That We Need”
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Of War and Men
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226470023.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the failed initial attempt of the American and British forces to invade Italy in September 1943. This event caused the deaths of 350,000 Allied lives and the American government was forced to conduct a draft. This chapter discusses the legislative hearings concerning the drafting of fathers with dependent children and the policy of sending other fathers to work in munition plants. The high requirement for additional men also prompted the government to abandon its exclusionary policy allowed African Americans to participate in the war effort.

Keywords:   American forces, Italy, draft, fathers, munition plants, legislative hearings, African Americans

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