Designed to give students a concise compass to probe the history of World War II America and to assess the war's impact on American life, the new edition of Wartime America retains the framework of the original edition but adds new important focus on topics such as other home fronts, the lives of veterans, expanded coverage of World War II as the Good War, and the concept of "the Greatest Generation."Jeffries paints a picture of a people emerging from the Great Depression and eager for a better life, yet often reluctant to abandon the touchstones of their past. Combining both an original interpretation and synthesis of recent scholarship, Wartime America offers students a concise exploration of the war's transformative role in American life.
John W. Jeffries is Dean Emeritus of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Born in Oxford, Mississippi, he grew up in Annapolis Maryland, earned his B.A. from Harvard and, after five years in the U.S. Navy, his Ph.D. from Yale. In addition to Wartime America, he is author of Testing the Roosevelt Coalition: Connecticut Society and Politics in the Era of World War II; A Third Term for FDR: The Election of 1940; and numerous articles on policy and politics in the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency.