World War II and Upcountry South Carolina: We Just Did Everything We Could

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World War II changed America, and the history of Upcountry South Carolina during this era testifies to the war's deep impact. On the homefront, Upcountry residents grew victory gardens, supported recruits at local bases and soldiers abroad, and manufactured textile goods, including uniforms and parachutes, crucial for the war effort. As thousands of young men and women came into the Upcountry to train at Spartanburg's Camp Croft and Greenville's Army Air Base, thousands more were sent to Europe, the Pacific, and beyond. More than 166,000 South Carolinians fought for the United States, including 5 Congressional Medal of Honor winners. The resulting import and export of culture through the war and long after reflects the modernization and diversification that occurred across the South. Using words and images from the men and women who lived through it all, Furman University professor and Upcountry History Museum historian Courtney Tollison examine the ways that Upcountry South Carolina affected World War II and how the war affected the region.
ISBN: 9781596298255
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Series: Vintage Images
Images: 282
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dr. Courtney L. Tollison is Museum Historian for the Upcountry History Museum and Assistant Professor of History at Furman University. In addition to numerous scholarly articles on the history of the South Carolina upcountry, she authored Furman University (SC) (College History Series) for Arcadia in 2004. She has connections with all local historical societies and smaller museums, as well as with the mayor of Greenville, local media representatives, and book store owners. In 2007, Dr. Tollison co-produced a 24-minute video documentary in 2007 about WWII and upcountry South Carolina that won a National Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History in 2008.
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