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Posts Tagged: 1940s

Lessons from the 1940s – Don’t Lose Heart

British poster, 1942

In 1940, things looked bleak in the United Kingdom. Hitler had swallowed up Poland, Norway, Denmark, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. In July, the Battle of Britain began as the Luftwaffe began attacking British shipping. In August the target shifted to the RAF, and by September 6, the British had lost 466 planes. Then… Read more »

A Chat with Nike Chillemi

Today I thought it would be fun to introduce another author who loves the drama and adventure of the 1940s. Nike Chillemi writes crime fiction set after World War II, and she’s answered some questions about her love for this time period. First, a bit about Nike… Nike Chillemi has been called a crime fictionista due to… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Labor Counts

On Labor Day I thought it was appropriate to honor the vital role of production in the Allied victory in World War II. The United States was well situated to become the “Arsenal of Democracy.” Other than a few random bombings from Japanese submarine-based planes and shellings from submarines, America was free from damage. The… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Freedom from Fear

Seventy years ago, the world was a fearsome place. Nazi Germany controlled most of western continental Europe and pummeled Britain with almost daily bombings, militarist Japan was brutalizing coastal China, and Fascist Italy was making dangerous progress in eastern Africa toward Britain’s vital Suez Canal. The United States wasn’t at war, but faced two terrifying… Read more »

Book Beat – Stars in the Night

Do you love fiction set during World War II? Love classic movies? Love a good mystery? If you like any of these, Stars in the Night by Cara Putman is a fun read. Rosemary Shaeffer came to Hollywood to find fame in the movies. She found death. Her sister, attorney Audra Shaeffer, comes to Hollywood… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Freedom from Want

How could I resist this poster for Thanksgiving week? On January 6, 1941, in his State of the Union Address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that everyone deserved four fundamental freedoms – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from fear, and freedom from want. At the time, the Axis dictators stifled freedom of speech… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Vote!

How many of you will be glad to see election season come to an end? I will. I’m sick of the deluge of phone calls and junk mail and spam, of the obscene quantities of money spent, of cheesy smiles and perfectly coiffed heads and plastic suits. It beats the alternative. While the United States… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Watch out for Stereotypes

During World War II, stereotypes were used in posters, newsreels, and movies to demonize the enemy and motivate people to fight. It’s much easier to fight an enemy you hate. Nowadays, these images make us wince. We’re too enlightened to stereotype people. Or are we? Most of us would be ashamed to admit we have… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Careless Words Kill

During World War II, careless words could lead to needless deaths. A mother chatting in the beauty parlor about her son’s ship leaving San Diego the next day, a spy in the chair next to her – a sub notified, a ship sunk. Posters like this reminded people to watch their words. Recently school bullying… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Save and Invest

The generation that fought World War II on the battlefield and on the Home Front had come through the Great Depression. While we cringe at today’s unemployment figures hovering around 10 percent (as we should), in 1932, 13 million were unemployed – 25 percent of the labor force at a time when most households had… Read more »