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The film documentary, America The Way We Were: The Home Front (1940 To 1945) is a three video set that focuses the viewer on activities taking place in the United States immediately before and during World War II. Volume One of this set covers the period of time from 1940 to 1941. In this video the viewer will see President Roosevelt teach his grandchildren to swim at Hyde Park, visit the DiMaggio family restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf and travel to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii where some of our boys (and their girls) seem to have the best duty location that is until December 7th, 1941. Volume Two of this set covers the period of time from 1943 to 1943 and deals with the rumors of enemy submarines of the Atlantic coast which turn out to be true. Younsters leave their soda fountain hangouts to collect scrap and serve as junior air-raid wardens. As the men go off to war, the viewer will see American women in factories as they push production of ammunition, guns, ships and tanks to levels never thought possible. See American entertainers like Judy Garland and Bob Hope entertain our troops at home and abroad. Military highlights during this period include Doolittle's attack on Tokyo, American troops landing in North Africa to confront the Axis forces there and the American landings on Guadalcanal and Tarawa. Back home, American's prove that no sacrifice is too large in order to preserve a way of life. Volume Three of this set covers the period of time from 1944 to 1945 and highlights the fact that by this stage of the war the tide of battle had turned in favor of the Allies and on the Home Front postwar hopes and dreams began to fill American hearts and minds. Radio broadcast and newsreel footage shown in movie theaters, however, remind Americans that their struggle is not yet over. The viewer of this volume will witness the tragic crash of a B-25 bomber into the Empire State Building, the drafting of the United Nations Charter and the effects of a newspaper strike in New York City. As always the entertainers of the era are there to entertain the troops and inspire the folks left behind on the Home Front. Finally, as V-E Day is celebrated around the country, American's eagerly await V-J day and when it comes, a once- in-a-lifetime event occurs throughout the United States. After four tragic years of global conflict, America is at peace with the countries of the world. The joyous sights and sounds will never be forgotten as they are captured on newsreel footage and now can be seen by the viewers of this 3 video set. Full screen in black and white. Released in 1989. Runtime 180 minutes.