The Canteen: Sacrifice and Community during World War II

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With historical photos and impeccable storytelling, this extraordinary book chronicles an astonishing moment in American history. Starting Christmas Day, 1941, when transport trains on the Union Pacific Railroad stopped in North Platte to refill their water tanks, the local families of North Platte, Nebraska, came together to provide love, support, food, and morale to young soldiers involved in World War II—black and white—who briefly passed through their town. Troops poured into the North Platte Depot, "The Canteen," to find homecooked meals, birthday cakes, hot coffee, cold milk, magazines, postcards, and the warmth of a grateful and loving community. The stops lasted only ten minutes, but the people of North Platte made sure that everyone in their midst was taken care of. This remarkable story will inspire readers of all ages, as The Canteen nourishes all who have the privilege to visit.
ISBN: 9781467197076
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Children's Books
State: Nebraska
Images: 50
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 8 (h)
Dr. Eric Groce is a Professor in the Elementary Education program in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Appalachian State University. He has taught courses in social studies education, classroom management, assessment, and diverse learners. He has served over 12 years in academic roles for several universities including Mississippi State University and the University of Texas at Tyler. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a cognate in Gifted Education from Texas A&M University. He has published and presented at the international and national level and his articles have appeared in Social Education, Social Studies Research and Practice, Social Studies and the Young Learner, Middle Level Learning, and Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. His current research focuses on the experience of the civilian population of Normandy during the Nazi occupation of World War II. In addition, he has also provided service to national and state organizations through leadership and support roles.
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