Historian Diane M. T. North not only writes about the transformative battlefield and nursing experiences of ordinary Californians, but also documents how daily life changed for everyone on the home front—factory and farm workers, housewives and children, pacifists and politicians.
Even before the United States entered the war, California’s economy flourished because its industrialized agriculture helped feed British troops. The war provided a boost to the faltering Hollywood film industry and increased the military’s presence through the addition of Army and Navy training camps and air fields, ship construction, contracts to local businesses, coastal defenses, and university-sponsored scientific research.
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, October 4, 2018, podcast:
California at War | Commonwealth Club
Podcast of the author being interviewed by Cris Alvarez on his War Scholar blog (scroll down for the podcast):
“California at War” (University Press of Kansas, 2018) – Diane North interview – MHIO Episode 19
More about the book and author
Read about North and a full summary of North’s California at War here.