Franklin

The GI Generation : A Memoir.

Author/Creator:
Mathias, Frank F.
Publication:
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 2000.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (307 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Mathias, Frank Furlong.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Kentucky -- Carlisle.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Carlisle (Ky.) -- Biography.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
Frank Mathias was born in Maysville, Kentucky, (pop. 7000) in 1925 and grew up in nearby Carlisle (pop. 1500), where life in his small town was much like that in towns and villages all across America. He came of age in an era of total security; his parents never even had a key to their front door. Daily living was infused with gossip; no one had a secret, and everyone knew everyone else's business. Outdoor life was a vital part of growing up, and teachers and mentors instilled a sense of right and wrong in young people. Raised during the Great Depression, Mathias became a member of a fighting force the likes of which the world had never known, a legion now called "The Greatest Generation." The GI Generation tells Mathias's story of growing up with the sweet whistle of the L&N train and the summer-kitchen smells of hot salt-rising bread and blackberry cobbler, which could instantly halt even the most rousing game of cowboys and Indians. Much of community life focused on the local high school, which, in Mathias's case, was a tiny one with no chemistry courses, no drivers' training, and no guidance counselors. Yet the one hundred students who graduated between 1942 and 1944 became university professors, top executives, military commanders, successful investors, lawyers, and physicians. A vivid portrait of a bucolic pre-war boyhood, The GI Generation takes readers back to an era when boys rustled watermelons under the hot summer sun and young lovers danced to the sounds of farmhouse bands. Whether describing the unfortunate (but delicious) end of his brother's pet chicken, Don, or the ominous clouds of war, Mathias writes with humor, honesty, and compassion.
Contents:
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Title
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Contents
Preface
1. Lucky and Nannie
2. Carlisle and Maysville
3. Our Main Street Neighborhood
4. Cigars and Cinnamon Balls
5. Hammering Catfish and Other Events
6. The Uncommon Cold and the Specialty Man
7. Major and Minor
8. The Forces of Nature
9. They Called Him Lucky
10. A Shoeshine and a Smile
11. Burma Shave and Buzzard Roost
12. Foo-fighters and Kinniconick
13. Making Do with the Great Depression
14. Cops, Robbers, and Characters
15. Summertime
16. Hanging around Town
17. Camp Black Hawk and Carlisle Christianity
18. Maysville on My Mind
19. The Queen City and the Kings
20. Life Went on as Usual
21. Poetry and War
22. The Music Goes Round and Round
Postscript
Illustrations.
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Other format:
Print version: Mathias, Frank F. The GI Generation
ISBN:
9780813149882
9780813121574
OCLC:
900344333