Detroit And The "Good War"
The World War II Letters of Mayor Edward Jeffries and Friends
After Pearl Harbor, Jeffries watched his closest friends, most twelve to fourteen years his junior, enlist in the armed forces. Voracious letter writers, over the next four years they shared with one another their innermost hopes and fears. They told stories about Gen. George S. Patton, the surrender of Japan, of commanding African American soldiers during the Normandy invasion, and the battles on the home front in the heart of Detroit, the "Arsenal of Democracy."
These letters present a candid portrait of the intellectual and political leadership of Detroit—and America. These men were confident in their values, aware of their responsibilities, and logical in their actions as they helped forge the weapons that turned back the fascist threat to democracy. Their letters also reveal a level and kind of male camaraderie seemingly lost in the depersonalized, technocratic society of the postwar era. As such, this work provides a more complete understanding of how Americans reacted to—and were changed by—the "Good War."
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"Capeci has assembled an interesting, informative, even illuminating anthology of primary documents for Detroit during World War II."—Michigan Historical Review
"Although emphasizing Detroit, this collection of letters provides insights for anyone interested in how deeply World War II affected every American's life."—Military History of the West
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