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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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“Giving It the Best They've Got”

“Giving It the Best They've Got”

(p.51) Four “Giving It the Best They've Got”
Of War and Men
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines how World War II reinforced another image of fatherhood, namely, the father as protector in the U.S. It explains that fathers were honored and highly regarding for participating in the war effort overseas, for having sons in the armed forces, and for dying in combat. Fathers at home were also appreciated for working in the arms industry and for keeping the American economy going.

Keywords:   World War II, fatherhood, father as protector, U.S., war effort, arms industry, economy

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