The War Comes to Plum Street

The War Comes to Plum Street

Bruce C. Smith
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 02/16/2005
ISBN: 978-0-253-11141-8
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Winner, Best Books of Indiana Competition

This remains a superb story. Bruce C. Smith has a wonderful eye for detail and a compelling perspective and voice. We care about this place and the people who live here." —James H. Madison, author of Wendell Willkie: Hoosier Internationalist and A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America

The War Comes to Plum Street brings to life the Second World War through the eyes of a small group of neighbors from a Midwestern town. Bruce C. Smith presents their stories just as they happened, without explanation or interpretation. To experience the war as they did, insofar as it is possible, we must understand how they perceived everyday events and recognize the incompleteness of their knowledge of what was taking place in Europe and the Pacific. The inhabitants of Plum Street in New Castle, Indiana, resemble many other average Americans of their day. As we discover how they experienced those fateful years, these Americans may have something to teach us about how we live in our own turbulent time.

Author Bio

Bruce C. Smith is a native of New Castle, Indiana. He became involved in writing this local history of the Second World War while completing his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Daggett, Michigan.

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“Brings to life the Second World War through the eyes of a small group of neighbors. Smith presents their stories as they would have experienced the war, without the benefit of the knowledge and judgment of history. The inhabitants of Plum Street in New Castle, Indiana, resemble many other average Americans of their day. As we discover how they experienced those fateful years, these Americans may have something to teach us about how we live in our own turbulent time. “[A] superb story. Bruce C. Smith has a wonderful eye for detail and a compelling perspective and voice. We care about this place and the people who live here.” —James H. Madison, author of A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America”

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Migration and a New Start in the 1920s
2. Coping with Hard Times in the 1930s
3. The Slow Pull Upward, Late 1930s
4. Into the Storm, 1939<N>1941
5. Duty Calls Every Citizen, 1942
6. Bearer of Bad News, 1942
7. Urgent Preparation, 1943
8. Together, and Alone, 1943
9. Despair and Bitter Hope, 1944
10. Invasion, 1944
11. Will It Never End? 1945
12. We'll Meet Again, 1945
Epilogue
Sources
Index