Essay on World War I And The United States

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World War II was a major historical event that affected many peoples lives. When the War first started it was in the United States best interest not to be a part of it. Everyone remembered the effects of World War I and thought it was better to stay out of it. After a while the United States began to support their allies while they kept their people out of the combat zone. The United States view changed on December 7th, 1941, when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the United States began to get involved in the war. The amount of American men and women who were enlisted in a branch of the military sky rocketed. The United States used draft laws to help build their military. Anybody over the age of 18, who were eligible, were sent to work in different branches of the army. Factories that once made consumer goods were transformed to war production. The war took many men and women away from their families for a long period of time. John W. Graham, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Graham, was drafted to fight in World War II. John and his parents’ wrote countless letters back and fourth to stay in touch while he was away. The letter that I chose to focus on, was written in September of 1945. John focused the letter on describing what had been happening where he is stationed and his thoughts about returning home. The main objective of Johns letter was to let his parents know about his possible return home, and provide them with a sense of comfort.

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