Crucible of a Generation tells the story of the fifteen days surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor through the pages of eight leading American newspapers. Focusing on publications such as The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, J. Kenneth Brody paints a vivid picture of U.S. political culture and society at a pivotal moment in the nation's history. Brody considers the papers in full, from headlines to "help wanted" ads, in a text richly illustrated with archival images, wartime posters, and editorial cartoons. The book provides a compelling snapshot of the United States and the role of the media at a time of dramatic tension and global change.
Prologue: Fifteen Fateful Days
Last Sunday at Peace: November 30, 1941
Last Week at Peace: December 1–6, 1941
"Day of Infamy": Sunday, December 7, 1941
First Week at War: December 8–13, 1941
First Sunday at War: December 14, 1941