Author: Leah Carton

V-Mail strengthens morale for troops abroad and family at home

By Siobhan McGirl and Leah Carton “How nice it would be to come home early in the afternoon and play ball with you and go mountain climbing and see the trees, brooks, and learn all about woodcraft, hunting, fishing, swimming and other things like that,” wrote Commander John Shea of the U.S. Naval Air Force to his five-year-old son. This stream-of-consciousness letter is filled with longing: longing for an end to the war, longing to come home, and longing to be a dad to a young boy. In the back of his mind, Shea must have known that this...

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National Newspaper Week to Honor Press in Wartime

President Franklin Roosevelt will recognize Oct. 1-8 as the third annual National Newspaper Week with the theme “American newspapers go all-out for war.” This comes after thousands of writers and editors left their jobs to support the war effort, and those who remained on the job helped to promote the sale of war bonds. According to an announcement this week in Editor & Publisher, 21,000 newspaper and press association employees have left their jobs to engage in work directly connected to the war. It is estimated that the army has taken three quarters of the male editors and publishers in...

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The life of a deputy assistant censor—uncensored

Signed, Sealed, Inspected Opening letters that were meant for someone else’s eyes only. That’s what Frieda Finklestein Feller does as a deputy assistant censor at the New York branch of the Censorship Office. Her goal is to protect American troops abroad, and to keep war-zone strategies and plans from foreign enemies. A 1941 graduate from Douglass Residential College of Rutgers University, Feller began her job at the New York Censorship Office in January 1942. She applied for a Federal Civil Service position as a translator while still at college and passed written tests for French and Spanish. Feller started...

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Roosevelt to Broadcast Three War Talks in One Week After Criticism

In an attempt to strengthen his relationship with citizens, President Franklin D. Roosevelt will deliver three war radio talks in one week—scheduled for Aug. 31, Sept. 3, and Sept. 7. This week of speeches is unprecedented for a president in anything but an election year. Roosevelt has used radio in the past to broadcast speeches to connect with Americans, known as fireside chats. He turns to this method of communication again to try to build trust with citizens. The radio talks will include a speech commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and...

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Marital, family ties strengthen during wartime

Wartime is creating families as couples exchange their vows before husbands depart for battle abroad. This marital boom started as early as the Pearl Harbor attacks last December. In some cities, there were more than twice as many marriages in December 1941 compared to December 1940. The marriage rate has continued to rise in 1942, and it shows no sign of slowing. The 1942 Summer Social Register, chronicling the increase, refers to a new category of  “war marriages.” Reasons for the marriage boom include men trying to stabilize relationships and secure their commitments before they go to war, and...

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World War 2.0 tries to imagine what the reporting of World War II might have looked like if the conflict were taking place today. Articles are based on information that would have been available to the press at the time, but they are written using contemporary journalistic style. The authors are all students at Seton Hall University, working with assistant professor of journalism Matthew Pressman.