At the outset of World War II, North Carolina was one of the poorest states in the Union. The citizens desperately wanted higher living standards, and the war would soon awaken the Rip Van Winkle state to its fullest potential. Home Front traces the evolution of the people, customs, traditions, and attitudes, arguing that World War II was the most significant event in the history of modern North Carolina. Using oral history interviews, newspaper accounts, and other primary sources, historian Julian Pleasants explores the triumphs, hardships, and emotions of North Carolinians in his new book Home Front: North Carolina during WWII.
Julian M. Pleasants is the author of several books, including The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott: The Squire from Haw River, Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds and coauthor of Frank Porter Graham and the 1950 Senate Race in North Carolina. He is professor emeritus of history and former director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida.