Category Archives: Chicago during WW II

America: the world’s policeman?

Thursday, June 29, 1944 Republican Presidential nominee Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York today ruled out the use of American troops to continue policing the world after the war is over. “Does the foreign policy plank of the [GOP] … Continue reading

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Republicans plead for unity

Wednesday, June 28, 1944 Eleanor Roosevelt’s noted in her “My Day” column that “in Chicago where the Republicans are proceeding about the business of nominating a candidate for the presidency, there seems to be some agitation shown in a plea … Continue reading

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Republican Governors in a stew

Tuesday, June 27, 1944 “We are not a group of insurgents by any means. We’re interested in a Republican victory and we want to see the platform and give our opinions on it,” says Governor Raymond E Baldwin of Connecticut. … Continue reading

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Packing Up

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1943 My parents were almost all packed. Now they planned the car trip east to my grandparents’ house in New England. “We write to you all along our route,” my mother promised, “so that the last postcard … Continue reading

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A look under the world’s hood: Italy

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1943 Americans didn’t want to become the world’s policemen but events demanded otherwise. Driving out the Nazis as the Allies north in Italy was leaving a void. Not since the fall of the ancient Roman Empire had … Continue reading

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“Eat Like It’s 1943” Week – Day Three

Friday, Sept. 24, 1943 You cut the kernels off any leftover corn cobs and made a corn and egg scramble. So you can splurge on ration points for tonight’s dinner: Baked shrimp with scallion sauce with whipped potatoes and a … Continue reading

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A typical day in an untypical time

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1943 A typical day, Lois wrote to her parents: “I have done the family wash and cleaned the house. Abe and I scrub the diapers by hand as soon as they are soiled, soak them and then … Continue reading

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