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"Damn Herbert Hoover!"

"Damn Roosevelt!"

"What this country needs is Alf Landon!" Dust storms, homelessness, hunger, migration misery.

It's Armageddon! The world is burning up, just like in the Bible. Jesus is coming tomorrow! Are you ready?"

Gene Autry singing "San Antonio Rose."  Grand Ole Opry, Fibber McGee and Molly, Amos and Andy. Let's Pretend.

"Dad, there's going to be a war and so I have enlisted in the Navy. I'll miss you all."

"Pearl Harbor? What's a pearl harbor?"

"Dad, since we can't farm any more, I'm enlisting in the Army. I'll miss you all."

Bing Crosby, "White Christmas,"  "Blue Birds Over the White Cliffs of Dover," scrap metal drives, rationing, defense stamps, war bonds.

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"I am a Navy nurse and your son is my patient. He said to tell you not to worry. He will be home soon."

"Mom. I'm sorry I couldn't make it home for Dad's funeral but my ship was at sea."

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

"Mom. I have signed up for the Army Air Corps. I'll miss you all."

"Mom. I have enlisted in the Air Corps. I'll miss you all."

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"Mom, I am enlisting in the Navy and I will need your signature. I'll miss you all."

"The President of the United States regrets to inform you that your son is missing in action."

Dirty Boogie, "I'll Walk Alone,"  "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again," rationing, shortages.

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