World War II and Sacramento
Time & Location
About The Event
Spurred into action by the attack on Pearl Harbor, Sacramento dragged itself out of the morass of the Great Depression to jump with all it had into what would arguably become the defining event of the twentieth-century – World War II.
The Capital City trained citizens to thwart Japanese attacks through Civilian Defense, cultivated thousands of acres of victory gardens and harnessed the labor power and agricultural riches of the region in order to feed both America’s allies and a growing national army. Tens of thousands engaged in war work at local bases like the new McClellan Field, while a rehabilitated Mather Field became a school and point of both embarkation and return for thousands of history-making pilots, bombardiers and navigators. Sacramento's diverse cadre of citizen soldiers would not only distinguish themselves in combat overseas, they would later return and transform the city into the modern Sacramento of today. And yet, casting an immutable pall over the effort was the region and nation’s inability to safeguard civil liberties in the face of the warping effects of total war.
Join us on Tuesday, March 26th, as Eric Webb, James Scott and Amanda DeWilde of the Sacramento Public Library present their research findings on the state of Sacramento during World War II, recently distilled into their 2018 World War II Sacramento (History Press: Charleston, SC).
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