Guest Post – Introduction to American Family Life – GPCox

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

I’ve invited gpcox to share another post with us. This one concerns the life of an American Family during the 1940’s. I learned a few things myself.

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Judy’s collection of letters from her grandfather is an excellent example of what the American family endured during the Second World War.

With the onset of war, patriotism certainly skyrocketed as well as marriages, job opportunities and salaries.  But here, fresh out of the depression, poverty, divorce and taxes soared.  Twenty million people bordered on starvation.  There was a shortage of shelters, hospitals and child care facilities.  Many youngsters quit their education to help support the family.

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Food rationing began.  The Office of Price Administration (OPA) was constructed to handle the rationing regulations.  Since most

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everything went to the military, Americans at home had to tighten their belts once again.  If the readers have seen my…

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