Voices of Minnesota

Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I


DATE: 2001-2003

INTERVIEWERS: Daniel Borkenhagen, Thomas Brandt and Thomas Saylor

This project chronicles the lives of Minnesota men and women through the World War II years. Both military veterans and people who worked on the Home Front are interviewed. Among subjects discussed are: employment of women on the Home Front; rationing; bond drives; Pearl Harbor; prisoner of war camps; effects of the Great Depression; segregation, discrimination, and racism; life in Japan during the war; economic conditions during the war; military service in the Europe and the Pacific; medical care; raising families in a time of shortages; postwar adjustment.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEWS: 53 hours 17 minutes

TRANSCRIPTS: 1,339 pages