Boys & Girls Find Roles

The broad reach of the “World War” included children. Through pageants they helped shape public opinion on issues such as immigration, assimilation, loyalty and “American” identity.

Through the “Farm Cadet” program high school students kept farming productive while freeing up adult laborers to fight in France, the girls being referred to as “farmerettes.” They helped raise funds.

This is evident in the report from Red Hook High School student James Kisselback who raised $4,000 in War Savings Stamps. He did this while serving as Assistant Postmaster, in a role that allowed the Postmaster to serve in France. School children “did their bit” by buying Thrift Stamps.

Living in homes that were often dramatically altered by the war, young boys and girls were indoctrinated to value patriotism and nationalism, qualities which would serve them well as they came of age in WWII.

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