There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives and in our daily tasks. Here at home everyone will have the privilege of making whatever self-denial is necessary, not only to supply our fighting men, but to keep the economic structure of our country fortified and secure during the war and after the war.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio broadcast to the nation, April 28, 1942

Thursday, May 5, 2011

When the Lights Go On Again...



I sure hope they
don’t hurry turning
those lights on again.
I’m making pretty
good wages right now.
When this war is over
the white men will come home,
and all the youngsters,
and all the women,
and all the colored folk,
will once again be
without a job.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

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