Monthly Archives: October 2015

Income Inequality

Sunday, Oct. 31, 1943 President Roosevelt’s New Deal programs for the jobless and higher taxes on the very wealthy had done a lot to reduce income inequality. But another driving factor was job opportunities for women. This front-page editorial is … Continue reading

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Wives or slaves?

Saturday, Oct. 30, 1943 If a wife saves or earns money, does it belong to her or her husband? In England, a court recently decided that, by law, the money, in fact, it belongs exclusively to her husband. At issue … Continue reading

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“Come home to Papa and Mamma, dear children.”

Friday, Oct. 29, 1943 The letter my mother received today couldn’t have been more perfect for a Sabbath dinner. My grandfather wrote, “Just read Abe’s letter. I have surmised as much, in fact, in talking to your mother, Abe, when … Continue reading

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Birth of the GI Bill

Thursday, Oct. 28, 1943 The letter must have been an immense relief to my parents. They could now concentrate on furniture: sell it? store it? move it? Both anticipated my mother would stay at her parents home with me while … Continue reading

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Grandpa refuses to take sides.

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1943 At last, a letter from my grandparents. Stern but compassionate, my grandfather had written on the 25th: “This morning there came 2 of your letters both written on the 21st. Mother asked me by the usual … Continue reading

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Yale men think pinup girls are “pretty nice.”

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1943 What did my grandparents think about my father joining the Army? My parents still didn’t know. So they distracted themselves with the practical issues of vacating the house in Marion, IL while deciding where to go … Continue reading

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‘Greasing’ the war effort

Monday, Oct. 25, 1943 “Abe is handing in his resignation today, so the Rubicon has been crossed. Yes, I’m proud of him. He hasn’t waved the flag at me, but I know that his consciousness as an American and as … Continue reading

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