Chapter

“Giving It the Best They've Got”

in Of War and Men

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226467429
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470023 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226470023.003.0005
“Giving It the Best They've Got”

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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

Chapter.  6215 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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