Wisconsin Historical Society logo. Use the smaller-sized text Use the larger-sized text Use the very large text

Shop at the Wisconsin Historical Society

A City at War: Milwaukee Labor During WWII

SKU: 087020338X
By: Richard L. Pifer

World War II united Americans as never before or since. Workers and their unions made daily sacrifices on behalf of the war effort and sought victory like everyone else on the home front. More details...
Price: $39.95
Test


Add to the cart
Tell a friend
A City at War: Milwaukee Labor During WWII
Previous Item   Next Item
Customers that have purchased this product have also liked:
Check the check boxes next to the additional products that you would like to add to the shopping cart, then click on the "Add to Cart" button above. A check box is not shown if a product requires that you select an option or fill out a field. () indicates a required accessory.

A Milwaukee Woman's Life on the Left: The Autobiography of Meta Berger

A Milwaukee Woman's Life on the Left: The Autobiography of Meta Berger

Price $15.95

 
Product Details
By: Richard L. Pifer

World War II united Americans as never before or since. Workers and their unions made daily sacrifices on behalf of the war effort and sought victory like everyone else on the home front. They bought bonds, donated scrap, and served on numerous boards and committees. Nevertheless, strikes and less visible forms of industrial conflict continued throughout the war. The Greatest Generation, regardless of whether or not they were workers or managers, sought to protect their interests for the future. Milwaukeeans greeted the advent of World War II with the same determination as other Americans.

Everyone felt the effects of the war, whether through concern for loved ones in danger, longer work hours, consumer shortages, or participation in war service organizations and drives. Men and women workers produced the essential goods necessary for victory: the vehicles, weapons, munitions, and components for all the machinery of war. But even in wartime there were labor conflicts, fueled by the sacrifices and tensions of wartime life.

A City at War focuses on the experiences of working men and women in a community that was not a wartime boomtown. Because Milwaukee was a community of established factories and neighborhoods and its workers were aware of the city's labor past, the sacrifices of wartime did not blind them to a vision of a future security. As wartime wages failed to keep pace with inflation, workers and unions worried about maintaining jobs and earning power in a postwar world. As managers and companies profited from the war, they worried about controlling production costs and meeting the challenges of postwar competitors. At a time when the United States is at war, A City at War provides readers with a complex view of the home front and the way Americans responded to the most significant war of the twentieth century.

Richard L. Pifer is director of the Reference and Public Services Bureau of the Library-Archives Division of the Wisconsin Historical Society. He has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
ISBN: 087020338X
240 pp, photos, hardcover

Product Reviews

Average Ratings: No rating

Write your own review

 

Rate this product:


select text size Use the smaller-sized textUse the larger-sized textUse the very large text