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John Wayne, John Payne, Betty Grable, Ann Miller, Betty Hutton.

"Your son has been located and is in a Prisoner of War camp in the hands of the German army."

Eddie Arnold, "Cattle Call,"  Frank Sinatra, jitterbugs.

Harry Truman, Potsdam, Malta, Yalta, divided nations, occupations.

"V-E DAY! The boys are coming home!"

War crimes trials, "Just following orders."

"Atomic bomb! I don't know just what it is but it sure blew the hell out of the Japs!"

"It's Armageddon! Jesus is coming! Are you ready?"

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"V-J Day! Peace at last!" War crimes trials, "Just following orders."

GI bill, crowded classrooms, housing boom, job shortage, baby boom. "I like Ike!"

"Sentimental Journey,"  "Don't Fence Me In,"  white picket fences, three and a half children, women back in the kitchen "where they belong."

Korean War!  "Why did they divide it in the first place?" "Oh, Potsdam, Malta, and Yalta."

Porkchop Hill, Yalu River, more young men dying, truce talks, Oregon lumber camps full of migrants from the Midwest, dances at the Grange hall, "Bonaparte's Retreat,"  "Birth of the Blues,"  James Dean. "Live hard, die young, and leave a beautiful memory" translated to "Live poor, work hard, and party hearty."

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Peace at last?  No!  Vietnam War!  "Apocalypse Now," hippies, demonstrations, Black Panthers, turmoil. JFK, MLK, RFK, LBJ, Kent State, "One Tin Soldier."

Contraceptives!  Abortion rights!  Pete Seegar singing, "We'll all be a-doublin' in thirty-nine years!"

"It's Armageddon! Jesus is coming! Are you ready?"

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