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About How World War II Changed America

My father. Earl Hutchinson Sr. and my uncle, James Hutchinson, were World War II veterans,” says political and World War II History analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson. I grew up hearing the stories about my father’s wartime experiences and how those experiences changed and shaped his life. The war has always had special meaning for me.”

Earl Ofari Hutchinson's new book, How World War II Changed America, is scheduled for release on August 6, designated Hiroshima Day globally and months before commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the December 7. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack propelled the U.S. into the war. The events continue to spark discussion, debate, and reflection on the lessons still to be learned from World War II.

How World War II Changed America pays tribute to the enduring changes the war brought to America and the men and women who made those changes. Says Hutchinson. “My father’s story and the story of others affected by the war I tell.” He further notes, “The one certainty about any new look at World War II is that if the U.S. had not entered the global fight, it would be a much different America today.  And so would their story.


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How World War II Changed America Tells

No Dr. King No Oprah No Pelosi No Microwave No Computer No A Bomb--No Suburbs And Many More Delays or Possible Nos Without World War II


Without World War II the fast-track development of computers, penicillin, pressurized commercial airline cabins, ballpoint pens, ABS brake systems, and the countless other devices we take for granted today would not have occurred when they did. Most know about the atomic bomb.

Likewise, many know about jet engines and computers. But how about blood plasma, ATMs, superglue, autochrome, synthetic plastic materials, Tupperware, frozen Orange Juice, and frozen foods? These are all direct outgrowths of World War II research and technological innovations.

Almost certainly, the women’s rights, civil rights, civil liberties movements would have been delayed. The four civil rights bills and a voting rights bill in the 1950s and 1960s that resulted from the titanic social and political changes that World War II triggered may or may not have happened in the time frame that they did. 

The rise of the intelligence-driven national security state and the independence movements in Asia and Africa would have also been delayed. The U.S. may have been spared the continuing problem of neo-Nazism, white nationalist, and far-right extremist groups. The continuing threat of nuclear catastrophe may not be the plague it remains. Dozens more products and milestone transformative changes can be added to the list.