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Racial Double Standards in the War (Yank Magazine, 1945)
When the YANK staff writers asked the G.I.s to "name the greater menace to our country and our values" -most of the servicemen polled seemed to agree that the real enemies were from Japan; while Germany, it was believed by most, simply had to be brought back into the fold.
One Thousand Negative Comments About the Flapper and Her Influence (Literary Digest, 1922)
A collection of low opinions concerning the Flapper and her confederates, gathered from numerous clerical magazines throughout the fruited plane:
"There is a great deal of frank talk among them that in many cases smacks of boldness. One hears it said that the girls are actually tempting the boys more than the boys do the girls, by their dress and conversation..."
Post War Britain and Clement Atlee (Yank Magazine, 1945)
The attached piece is a 1945 magazine profile of Clement Attlee (1883 – 1967: U.K. Prime Minister: 1945 - 1951) it appeared just a few weeks following the long over-do closing of the Second World War and the hasty ouster of Conservative Party Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965).
"Clem Attlee had believed in Socialism since 1907, when he was working as a young lawyer on the Poor Law Reform with Sidney and Beatrice Webb, famous Fabian Socialists."
The article was written by James Dugan (1912 - 1967), journalist, naturalist and Academy Award winning collaborator with Captain Jacques Cousteau.
You might also want to read an article about Soviet Foreign Minister Andre Gromyko.
1950 Germany: Nazism Reborn (See Magazine, 1950)
Filed from Berlin by the respected American journalist William Shirer (1904 – 1993: author of Berlin Diary and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich), he read the findings of a German opinion poll revealing that
•A majority of Germans tended to hold that Nazism was good, when properly administered.
•Antisemitism was rapidly assuming its customary spot within German society.
•War guilt was largely non-existent and Nazi publications were rolling off the smaller presses with predictable regularity.
Shirer also reported that unrepentant, senior Nazis like Max Amann were getting out of prison, expecting to wield the power they once enjoyed as as one of Hitler's yes-men.
French General Petain on Trial (Commonweal, 1945)
An irate editorial concerning the 1945 trial of French General Henri Philippe Pétain (1856 – 1951).
"Whoever is managing the current spectacle in Paris desires us to think that the Petain trial is a revolutionary trial. The thesis is that the whole French nation has risen against the politicians who did not prepare for the war, against the Marshal who signed the the armistice, collaborated with the Germans and betrayed France. And so that trial is not a search for truth, it is a public exposure of truth, it is a simple demonstration...Look at them: Daladier, Reynaud, Weygrand - how they fight each one against the other. Because it is not just Petain who is guilty. It is Petain's trial. But it is also the trial of all the witnesses... Everyone is guilty."
The Post-War Miracle that was Volkswagen (Pic Magazine, 1955)
In the decades that followed W.W. II, there was always one topic of conversation that could be relied upon to keep the chat lively; it involved the collective wonderment that the world shared when they read about the endless drive and boundless productivity that compelled the Germans and Japanese ever forward.
Out of the smoldering ruins of Japan came the Honda factories; while Germany amazed their old enemies by rapidly beating their crematoriums into Volkswagens. Confidently managed by a fellow who only a short while before was serving as a lowly private in Hitler's retreating army, Volkswagen quickly retooled, making the vital improvements that were necessary to compete in the global market:
"Over 200,000 of the half million Volkswagens which have been produced since 1945 have been exported to over 100 countries. This represents vigorous competition for the world's biggest car exporting country, Britain... The German living standard is 15% below Britain's, while wages are more than proportionally lower. As a result, Germany is not consuming enough goods and so not encouraging mutual trade, which is the main strength of the Western countries."
West Germany's Minister of Economics between the years 1949 and 1963, Ludwig Erhard (1897 – 1977), once remarked that Germany was able to launch its "Wirtschaftswunder" (economic miracle) by implementing the principles of a market economy and laissez-fair capitalism within the framework of a semi-socialist state.
One Year After the War (Collier's Magazine, 1946)
An anonymous opinion piece that appeared among the closing pages of the August 24, 1946 issue of COLLIER'S MAGAZINE in which the writer expresses his astonishment in finding that peacetime, after such a hard-fought victory, should seem so anti-climactic:
"How is the world doing a year after VJ-Day?
The most optimistic answer one can make is: Hopefully, thanks, but not too well.
Hunger is prowling large areas of the earth. The United States, as in the first years following World War I, is carrying most of the burden of famine relief. It looks like a long pull, though it is hoped the worst may be over next month."
"Consumers goods are so scarce everywhere that all major countries are suffering more or less inflation. A wave of big strikes in this country earlier this year slowed production badly, so that it seems impossible for us to freeze our own relatively mild inflation at its present point."
'Distribution of Wealth' (Pathfinder Magazine, 1946)
Throughout President Truman's two terms in office, his administration did its best to continue the march of FDR's lavish understanding of government; for example, in 1945 Truman planned to draft a Federally mandated healthcare bill (Read about it here), four years later his administration advocated for a scheme that would introduce 'equitable distribution of the income' for farmers (Click here to read about that) - while 1948 saw the President's Commission on Higher Education recommend that the Federal Government pay for the first two years of everyone's college education (Click here). All the while (or at least until 1948) dismissing the concept of middle-class tax cuts as a favor for "the rich".
President Truman's vision of governance was as disturbing to many Americans in the Forties and Fifties as the 21st Century two-term Democratic President Barak Obama, and, as you will see from the articles on this page, both men inspired the same sort of editorial rantings.
Even as early as 1894 socialism was recognized as wishful thinking.
The Two Fall Guys (Pathfinder Magazine, 1945
Recognizing that responsible commanders must always assume the blame for the failings within their respective domains, former U.S. General George C. Marshall and General Leonard T. Gerow stood up and claimed responsibility for leaving Pearl Harbor vulnerable to Japanese attack.
Marshall had been FDR's Army Chief-of-Staff since the Autumn of 1939 and Gerow had been serving as executive officer of the War Plans Division at the time of the sneak attack.
The findings of the Congressional Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack can be read and downloaded by clicking here.
Another Addition to Man's Incomprehension of Woman... (The Saturday Review of Literature, 1932)
Attached is the 1932 review of Woman: Theme and Variations by Major A. Corbett-Smith:
"There is no mystery about women, he announces...she is never quite sure of herself in comparison with other women; but she is well aware of her superiority to man..."
Click here to read a 1938 memoir by a Los Angeles 'Working Girl'.
Click here to read about feminine conversations overheard in the best New York nightclubs of 1937.
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