Everyday Patriotism

“There were scrap drives all the time with everyone collecting metal and paper and other scarce items. The Boy and Girl scouts and other organizations were always having drives and contests to see who could collect the most. Patriotism was at an old time high, and Roosevelt was a hero to all of us. There was more respect shown for national leaders then, and we would not have dared question whether or not he was doing the right thing. Their private lives were not exposed as they are today.

“We had air raid wardens in every neighborhood, volunteers who were to warn their area of blackouts. When these blackouts were called, everyone in town turned out all the lights for a certain period of time, and it was very eerie. These were held so that we would know what to do in case of an attack on this country. Though that was always a remote possibility we did not treat it as such, as we read about the terrible air raids over England.”

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About sec040121

Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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