Growing Up Before, During and After World War II
Around and during World War II there were many challenges and many exciting and terrifying events occur. Many things happen such as the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, D-day, and Hiroshima. Billie Jean Ramsey-Styles grew up during this time. Billie was born in Burnsville, Yancey County, North Carolina on December 30 1930. Her mother was a homemaker; her father was a brick mason. She lived in a five-room house that had electricity but did not have an indoor bathroom. She did household chores like washing laundry and, dishes, making beds, carrying in firewood and cleaning house (Styles). According to a U.S. History teacher “The Great Depression was the period of time in which the stock market crashed, banks failed, and the U.S. had an economic fallout” (Mueller). It was a point in time when people did not have much of anything and they had to work hard to afford what they did have. Many people could not afford toys for their children. “The children from this time still found things to do such as: play kick the can, hide and seek and, they also cut out people from magazines and used them as paper dolls. The depression also affected school budgets. Schools could not afford sports uniforms or other sports equipment. me and my cheerleading team made our uniforms in Home Ec. Many people lost their jobs and had to work at Civilian Conservation Corps Camps. “The camps were similar to the military. People were in small groups and wore uniforms. They had to work and follow all rules, but in return they got three square meals a day and a job. The CCC camp in Burnsville worked on the Blue Ridge Parkway” (Styles). According to an article called Invasion of Poland, Fall 1939 “The beginning of the war, on September 1st 1939 Poland was invaded by Germany. Germany defeated the Polish army within weeks and Britain and France declare war on Germany because...
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