Kim SmithHistory 565

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Kim Smith History 565 Autumn 2010 section 25198 In the mythic time of the World War II, everyone was united: there were no racial or gender tensions, no class conflicts. Things worked better, from kitchen gadgets to public schools. Families were well adjusted; kids read a lot and respected their elders; parents didn’t divorce ( The Best War Ever , xiii). In The Best War Ever Michael C.C. Adams exposes how distorted America’s view of the war really was. He will provide facts showing how disconnected Americans on the home front were from the war. Adams constructs a more realistic view, having us reconsider the realities behind the war and leaving us thinking about the lasting effects World War II left on today’s America. He has us reconsidering if this was the perfect war or if what we perceived was influenced by the use of Hollywood and government propaganda. Adams sets out to disprove that World War II was a time where everyone was united. He will provide facts as to how African Americans were actually treated and give details about how women felt about their contributions to the war effort. He will prove to us that not all men would come home well adjusted and prove that although this was a necessary war it was not the best war ever. Adams makes valid points and I will prove that he is correct in his statements and assumptions of this time. Adams states: War is, by definition, destruction. It can have sinister charm. (The Best War Ever, 92) Adams sets up his argument in chapter one titled “Mythmaking and the War”, bringing to light that what Hollywood and the government wanted America to see versus what was truly happening in the war overseas were two completely different portrayals. As we learned in lecture, the war for America was a distant event far removed from the fighting. Civilians weren’t being directly attacked and the majority of information about the war was obtained in the form of newspaper articles or movie reels well after the fact. The government’s advertisement
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campaigns’ used popular cartoon characters like Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny to get Americans involved in doing their part to defeat the Axis. One such Donald Duck advertisement shows that by paying taxes patriots will help defeat the Axis, while another portrays Bugs Bunny selling war bonds, both enticing Americans to do their part. In Hollywood filmmakers were depicting a
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