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The Perilous Fight - America's World War II in Color

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This four-part series brings America's wartime experience, on the battlefield and at home, vividly and intimately to life by combining original color film footage with wartime radio broadcasts and compelling passages from diaries and letters written … see full wiki

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The transformation of the nation from the mentality of a hermit to that of a great power

  • Jun 11, 2010
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This tape contains the first extensive color film of a war, there is no black and white film and there are no interviews. Amateurs in the United States shot a great deal of the video; but there is also some actual combat footage of the African, European and Pacific theaters. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the situation in the United States before it entered the war is also covered. Extremely isolationist in sentiment, the public mood was basically to let the supposed barriers of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans keep the U. S. out of the war. That false premise and complacency was shattered when the Japanese were able to launch their attack against Pearl Harbor, an event that made even the most reluctant person realize that the Atlantic and Pacific oceans were no longer a significant barrier to attack.
The dark side of the internment of Japanese-Americans is also covered as well as the dramatic changes that took place in American society. For the first time, millions of women joined the labor force doing factory style work and blacks demonstrated that they could and would fight as hard as any other group. Once the war ended with victory, it was impossible to roll back those gains, although it took several years before they were solidified and codified.
The American people that lived through the depression and won World War II were without question the "greatest generation." While we hope that the country never has to face a crisis of that magnitude again, it makes sense to hope that subsequent generations have that stamina and fortitude.

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