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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 Fog and the Sun

The Fog and the Sun

(p.39) Three The Fog and the Sun
Of War and Men
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the impact of the drafting of fathers on their families in the U.S. during World War II. Just the thought that their fathers might be drafted was enough to terrify some children but they were eventually to be reasonably comfortable with the idea of their fathers leaving provided that their fathers would be returning soon. Letters were the only contact between men in active duty and their families, and most of these men took every opportunity to write letters home.

Keywords:   drafting, fathers, U.S., children, letters, active duty soldiers

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