By James Ward Lee, Carolyn N. Barnes, Kent A. Bowman, Laura Crow, Ann Richards

ISBN-10: 0929398297

ISBN-13: 9780929398297

In 1941, while the japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the U.S. chanced on itself in a complete warfare, the folks of Texas rallied to the battle attempt. women and men rushed to hitch the military. those that remained behind—men, girls, and children—were squaddies at the domestic entrance: They rolled bandages, noticed plane, proficient for air raids, crammed jobs left vacant through provider males, amassed scrap scrimped and stored and obtained by means of with rationed sugar, meat, sneakers, tires, and gasoline. Texas turned a middle for education and equipping the best conflict desktop the area had ever seen.

World battle II replaced Texas from oil and livestock and cotton to and agribusiness.The know-how that grew out of the war—radar, tv, jet plane, air con for the masses—made a Texas that had no longer been imagined sooner than 1941. And the Texans themselves replaced, as they left the country for distant places and for different components of the USA. They left the rustic for town to paintings in and so much could by no means go back to the farm other than in retirement years.

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Even though they were angry at the loss of American lives, Texans believed strongly in isolationism or did not worry too much about the wars and rumors of wars taking place around the globe. Texans held Hitler and Mussolini in contempt, as may be noted in the various newspaper cartoons and feature items printed throughout the state. S. entry into World War I hardened Texans' views against intervention in foreign conflictsafter all, weren't the isolationist sentiments of George Washington's farewell address sound foreign policy?

Polls taken in the late '30s indicated that most Texans thought Adolf Hitler was at the least a nuisance and at most an evil force in the world. Many Page 29 voiced the opinion that he ought to be stopped, although no one suggested that the United States should be the one to do it. Giving Bundles to Britain was one thing; shouldering up next to her for a fight was something else. No one seemed to want to do business with Nazi Germany, but no one was particularly happy about sacrificing European markets over issues that seemed, in the main, trivial.

Merchant and military ship building along the coast had fallen off during the depression, and only now was the industry beginning to feel the benefits of national defense production orders. The oil industry, though steady, was heavily regulated and far from being as prosperous as it had been when boom towns sprang up from Texarkana to El Paso after the big strikes at Spindletop, Burkburnett, and Electra. Texas National Guard, Camp Bowie, Texas (Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio Light Collection) Page 28 ROYAL IRISH REGIMENT OF REFUGIO As the war in Europe spread in the spring of 1940, the men of the American Legion Post of Refugio were sure the United States would be drawn into the war.

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