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Oregon Home Front Life

About the images: From top to bottom: Young people dance as part of a recreation program; teenage boys drink liquor, on the road to juvenile delinquency; a soldier helps out with a Victory Book drive; Hitler and Mussolini consort with a prostitute.

Of course, everyday life continued unabated during the war. Yet people knew they were living through a truly historic time and war permeated nearly all aspects of life in one way or another. This section examines how the war brought out both the good and bad in people on the home front.

delta Popular Culture: Everyday Diversions in Extraordinary Times
delta Enormous Lies Founded on Half-truths: Rumor Control Efforts
delta An Arsenal of Words: Victory Speakers Spread the Word
delta Books Join the Battle: The Victory Book Campaign
delta One Thing Leads to Another: Juvenile Delinquency Rises
delta Keeping Them on the Straight and Narrow: Youth Strategies
delta Here Come the Servicemen: Oregon Military Facilities
delta Oregon Vice: Prostitution and Venereal Disease Vex Officials
delta More to Life Than Wages and Patriotism: Recreation Programs
delta A Matter of Color: African Americans Face Discrimination
delta State Auditors Go to War: Letters from Servicemen

About the images: From top to bottom: Young people dance as part of a recreation program; teenage boys drink liquor, on the road to juvenile delinquency; a soldier helps out with a Victory Book drive; Hitler and Mussolini consort with a prostitute.

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