This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

Patriotism in America during World War II

The United States of America has been in a lot of wars, and Hollywood has portrayed them with varying degrees of accuracy. My family has been involved with them all, to one extent or another, and I have been studying these wars from that point of view. If you think that Americans have always been *gung-ho* about getting involved with wars, you are very wrong. Before World War II Americans were very isolationist, and wanted nothing to do with getting involved with international politics. Yes, we went *over there* in World War I, but we really didn't want to.

In World War II, we were truly united. Everyone really wanted to do their part. Young men enlisted with enthusiasm. Women took over the factories. People back home cut back on their use of gasoline, tires, even food. It really happened the way you see it in the movie *Captain America*.

There was never before, or since, the feeling of patriotism that World War II inspired for Americans. It was a time and a place for establishing America as a true force in the world, and we did.

We won.
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