WWII: Coming Home with Mike Eckers
May 24— 7:00 PM
The war is over! Germany, Italy and Japan have all surrendered and freedom appears to be rekindled over much of the world. Great celebrations are held around the globe as the nations united against the Axis tyrannies prepare to enter a period of peace.
But what exactly is the United States doing to prepare for the return of some 14 million men and women who have been deployed for so long? Despite a fantastic growth in our economy, brought about by the manufacture of weapons and shipping, belt buckles and shoelaces, "K" rations and Spam… there are nowhere near 14 million jobs available for them. Women have done a marvelous service in stepping into the positions left vacant and in the new jobs created as industry and agriculture expanded. Are they expected to lay down their tools, hang up their work smocks and return home? That's essentially what happened at the end of the First World War.
Michael Eckers will be speaking on some of the changes in our society that resulted from the largest military conflict in human history and the newly won peace that followed. Ideas such as the GI Bill of Rights, equal pay, segregation and educational opportunities will be explored. Bring your questions… Michael is the first to admit that he does not have all the answers…