Second World War: War Effort Changes Family Life

The second World War altered the face of family life, sending women to work for the war effort.

| Good Old Days

When the second World War ended and the boys came home, many were disabled. Too many just didn't return. This was the start of a new era and a new structure for family life. The war effort was the first time so many mothers went to work outside the home, the first time so many children were unsupervised. Divorce became the answer to problems that could not be worked out with some war torn families. Many children were without fathers. The War changed our world forever. 

Desoree Thompson
Beaumont, California

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 


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