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Broadway Goes to WarAmerican Theater during World War II$
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Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780813180946

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813180946.001.0001

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The Home Front

The Home Front

(p.99) 4 The Home Front
Broadway Goes to War

Robert L. McLaughlin

Sally E. Parry

University Press of Kentucky

Wartime America underwent rapid transformation; men, women, and children saw their social roles redefined; and economic and racial divisions grew deeper and sharper edged. Theater was the perfect medium to represent home-front tensions and anxieties as they were manifested on the local level: the congenital civilian thrust into the military life as in Strip for Action and This Is the Army; the family pressured by rapid and dynamic social transformations as in Three's a Family, A New Life, and Men to the Sea; couples pressured by the carpe-diem spirit of the wartime romance as in On the Town and Those Endearing Young Charms; adolescents, often tempted into juvenile delinquency with the freedom of looser rules and mores as in Janie and Pick-Up Girl; men and women balancing patriotism and selfishness, as in The Voice of the Turtle and the shocking Tomorrow the World.

Keywords:   Home Front, Patriotism, This is the Army, The American Way, On the Town, Juvenile delinquency, Carpe diem romance, Tomorrow the World

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