SQ 2016 - John Smith
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North East, Maryland
AbstractJohn Smith, born in 1930, lived in North East, Maryland during the war. His mother owned a boardinghouse that housed many workers from war-related industries, including munitions plants and construction workers. He talks about his experiences living in this boardinghouse, and discusses many ways North East and nearby Elkton had changed due to the war. He also discusses his work as a butcher in a grocery store, discusses rationing and his business as scrap metal salesperson, and discusses his various artifacts from the war. He also talks extensively about propaganda and its extensiveness and effectiveness.
DescriptionJohn Smith discusses his mother's boardinghouse and its boarders, discusses the war industries near North East, Maryland, and discusses how the war changed the town. He also talks about rationing and selling scrap metal collecting, and discusses various artifacts he has collected: these include multiple newspapers, a letter to a nearby factory, and multiple propaganda pieces from the war.
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