World War II on the Home Front


Two Sessions: September 22, 29

Time: Fridays, 1:30-3:30 PM

Location: Johnston Public Library, Johnston

Cost: $24

Class Limit: 75


World War II brought harsh challenges for the US military as well as for those on the home front. Many women had to step into jobs formerly held by men while they were also frequently single-parenting the children. To bring the home front together behind the gigantic effort required, Americans were fed a steady stream of propaganda, encouraging them to sacrifice in order that the fighting men be equipped with the necessary food and war supplies. Even school children were encouraged to do their part. It was the era in which “America’s Greatest Generation” of both battlefield and home front pulled together to sacrifice for their families, neighbors, and country.


Instructor Lisa L. Ossian is a professor of history at the DMACC Ankeny campus. She received a master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University and PhD at Iowa State. Lisa has served on the State Historical Society of Iowa Board, the Hoover Presidential Education Committee, and the Humanities Iowa Speakers’ Bureau. Her publications include The Depression Dilemma of Rural Iowa: 1929-1933; The Home Fronts of Iowa: 1939-1945; and The Forgotten Generation: American Children and World War II.




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