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1942 WWII American home front diary

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09961 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Diary Date: 1942 Pagination: 120 p. ; Order a Copy

One diary from an unknown author dated 1942. Contains the daily life on the home front during the beginning of United States involvement in World War II. The first page contains a note that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The diary is not signed so the author remains unknown. However, due to the activities and friends mentioned throughout the diary it likely belonged to a woman. She mentions her work schedule at Schultz and her daily chores as well as leisure activities. She mentions bowling almost every night.

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