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The Resource Thanks for the memories : love, sex, and World War II, Jane Mersky Leder

Thanks for the memories : love, sex, and World War II, Jane Mersky Leder

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Thanks for the memories : love, sex, and World War II
Title
Thanks for the memories
Title remainder
love, sex, and World War II
Statement of responsibility
Jane Mersky Leder
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Thanks for the Memories: Love, Sex, and World War II is the true story of how the World War II generation responded to the passions of war, and how those passions changed their lives - and the relationships between the sexes - forever ... It exposes the sexual and romantic escapades of "The Greatest Generation" and underscores how those four war years revolutionized relationships (including those between gays), and how it helped set the stage for the second wave of the women's liberation movement
  • "Challenging the myth that the young Americans of World War II never strayed from the moral and political norms set by tradition, Leder examines values under fire during WWII, giving both first-hand stories and the social context in which young men and women lived, loved, and worked. Thanks for the Memories destroys the historical myth that young men and women went about the business of war and stayed on the straight and narrow path. Rather, World War II provided new opportunities for sexual experimentation, for hasty marriages, for flourishing prostitution{u2014}and for love connections that have stood the test of time. Young men in the military, far away from family and home, did things they might never have done. Young women, many of whom went to work for the first time, experienced a freedom and independence most women had never known. Because of the war, courtships were cut short, couples married more quickly than normal, and husbands and wives were often separated for several years. Despite attempts to get back to normal after the war and the apparent togetherness of the 1950s, World War II had set change in motion, heralding the second wave of the women's liberation movement. The collective consciousness of World War II revolved around the virtues of bravery, sacrifice, and commitment. Members of The Greatest Generation toed political and social lines in hopes of winning the war. They fell into lockstep, asking very few questions, and breaking few social and sexual mores. Or did they? In fact, World War II was{u2014}like all wars{u2014}a time of sexual experimentation and a general loosening of morals. It was a time of conflicting emotions and conflicting messages, a time of great sacrifice, and a time of discovery, when some groups, especially woman, experienced a relaxing of bonds that had kept them in check. Thanks For The Memories: Love, Sex, and World War II the true story of how the World War II generation responded to the passions of war, and how those passions changed their lives-and the relationships between the sexes-forever. But this book is more than that. As Jane Mersky Leder writes, Thanks for the Memories opens the hearts and memories of a generation that is dying, by one estimate, at the rate of more than 1,000 a day. It exposes the sexual and romantic escapades of The Greatest Generation and underscores how those four war years revolutionized relationships (including those between gays), and how it helped set the stage for the second wave of the women's liberation movement. Many who never thought their stories mattered, Leder writes, now feel the pull of limited time, and the importance of leaving an accurate account for their children and grandchildren of what it was like to be a young man or young woman during World War II. This is their collective story."--Publisher's website
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DLC
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Leder, Jane Mersky
Dewey number
940.53/1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D744.7.U6
LC item number
L43 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Women
  • Man-woman relationships
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Thanks for the memories : love, sex, and World War II, Jane Mersky Leder
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [169]-174) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Babies, suburbia, and the seeds of change
  • Derailed dreams
  • "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition"
  • "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die"
  • Discrimination in the ranks
  • An army of service wives
  • Waiting wives and home front popular culture
  • "Over sexed, over fed, over paid, over there"
  • "You'd be so nice to come home to"
Control code
69020944
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxix, 185 pages, 23 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780275988791
Lccn
2006015707
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780275988791
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Thanks for the memories : love, sex, and World War II, Jane Mersky Leder
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [169]-174) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Babies, suburbia, and the seeds of change
  • Derailed dreams
  • "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition"
  • "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die"
  • Discrimination in the ranks
  • An army of service wives
  • Waiting wives and home front popular culture
  • "Over sexed, over fed, over paid, over there"
  • "You'd be so nice to come home to"
Control code
69020944
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxix, 185 pages, 23 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780275988791
Lccn
2006015707
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780275988791
Other physical details
illustrations

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