By Harry Gailey

Historian Harry Gailey bargains a clean one-volume remedy of the monstrous Pacific theater in international struggle II, reading intimately the functionality of eastern and Allied naval, air, and land forces in each significant army operation. The warfare within the Pacific starts off with an exam of occasions prime as much as global struggle II and compares the japanese and American economies and societies, in addition to the executive combatants' army doctrine, education, battle plans, and kit. The ebook then chronicles all major activities - from the early Allied defeats within the Philippines, the East Indies, and New Guinea; during the slow development of the Allied place within the crucial and Southwest Pacific areas; to the ultimate agonies of the japanese humans, whose leaders refused to confess defeat till the very finish. Gailey supplies particular remedy to a lot that has been overlooked or given simply cursory point out in past surveys. The reader therefore earnings an unprecedented review of operations, in addition to many clean insights into the behind-the-scenes bickering among the Allies and the interservice squabbles that dogged MacArthur and Nimitz through the warfare.

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The exploitation of child labor, a practice that had outraged critics from Charles Dickens in Victorian England to Jane Addams in early twentieth-century America, had slowly receded as rising wages enabled a single wage-earner to support a family. 28 27. Recent Social Trends 1:666. See also Kessler-Harris, Out to Work, 229. 28. Recent Social Trends 1:271ff. The Keating-Owen Child Labor Act of 1916 had been invalidated by the Supreme Court in 1918 in the case of Hammer v. S. 251), on the grounds that the act illegitimately relied on the commerce power to regulate local labor conditions.

The ten million women who worked for wages in 1929 were concentrated in a small handful of occupations including teaching, clerical work, domestic service, and the garment trades. As the service sector of the economy had expanded, so had women’s presence in the labor force. Women made up about 18 percent of all workers in 1900 and 22 percent in 1930, when about one of every four women was gainfully employed. The typical woman worker was single and under the age of twenty-five. Once she married, as almost every woman did, typically before the age of twenty-two, she was unlikely to work again for wages, particularly while she had children at home.

The flood of newcomers, vividly different from earlier migrants in faiths, tongues, and habits, aroused powerful anxieties about the capacity of American society to accommodate them. Some of that anxiety found virulent expression in a revived Ku Klux Klan, reborn in all its Reconstruction-era paraphernalia at Stone Mountain, Georgia, in 1915. Klan nightriders now rode cars, not horses, and they directed their venom as much at immigrant Jews and Catholics as at blacks. But the new Klan no less than the old represented a peculiarly American response to cultural upheaval.

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