Images from the Arsenal of Democracy

Images from the Arsenal of Democracy

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While researching his previous study, Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II (Wayne State University Press, 2013), award-winning automotive historian Charles K. Hyde discovered the many remarkable photos that were part of the eraa€™s historical documentation. In Images from the Arsenal of Democracy, Hyde presents a selection of nearly three hundred of these documentary photos in striking black and white, with brief captions. Taken together, the images create a captivating portrait of this crucial moment in American business, military, and cultural history. Images from the Arsenal of Democracy spans from 1940 until the end of the war, presenting up-close, rarely seen views of newly built plants and repurposed production lines, a staggering variety of war products and components, and the many workers behind Detroita€™s wartime production miracles. The human faces that Hyde presents are especially compelling, as photos show the critical role played by previously underused workersa€”namely women and African Americans. Images from the Arsenal is divided into chapters by theme, including a€œPreparing for War before Pearl Harbora€; a€œPlanning Defense Production after Pearl Harbora€; a€œAircraft Engines and Propellersa€; a€œAircraft Components and Complete Aircrafta€; a€œTanks and Other Armored Vehiclesa€; a€œJeeps, Trucks, and Amphibious Vehiclesa€; a€œGuns, Shells, Bullets, and Other War Goodsa€; a€œThe New Workersa€; and a€œCelebrating the Production Achievements.a€ The first comprehensive and detailed history drawn solely from the surviving photographic record of wartime Detroit, Images from the Arsenal will be appreciated by automotive historians, World War II scholars, and American history buffs.When overall production of aircraft engines peaked in August 1944, the automobile industry made three-quarters of the ... in full production in 1940, and the Packard Motor Car Company produced liquidcooled Rolls-Royce Merlin engines aanbsp;...

Title:Images from the Arsenal of Democracy
Author: Charles K. Hyde
Publisher:Wayne State University Press - 2014-03-01

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