National Home Front Project
The National Home Front Project is a major grassroots initiative under the leadership of historians at Washington College. Our innovative oral history program partners with individuals, communities, and organizations across the United States to record, preserve, and share audio interviews with civilian men and women who experienced World War II. By pulling together in the spirit of wartime Americans, we can ensure that future generations hear their voices, and that our country never forgets its past.
As the 75th anniversary of World War II unfolds, the veterans’ ranks are dwindling, their heroism honored, their stories cherished. But largely overshadowed have been the millions of other Americans who helped defeat fascism—and whose stories are perhaps in greater danger of being lost. By one measure, there have been more books published just on the battle of Iwo Jima than on the entire American home front experience of World War II.