Maggie’s world in the 1940's was probably full of war. America needed hope but that was taken over by rage at our attackers. That gave focus to life in America. From rationing, to scrap drives to collect steel, rubber, and what ever they needed for the troops. They still sat around the radio, but they listened to news of the war and not as much baseball.
It is real important to understand how hard life was in America. American’s came from somewhere then. Your family was from Italy or Poland, maybe Germany or England. You were Jewish, Catholic, or of some faith. You knew your roots. You were proud of your heritage, your country, your town, and your team. Dad wore the pants in the family. He didn’t give too many atta boys. You knew were you stood and if you messed up, you knew it was going to be bad. You tried to avoid trouble if you could but, knew that you had better tell the truth when asked or it was going to be much worst. Talk about family values, no they didn’t talk about anything. If it had to do with boys and girls, you better learn the facts from a friend because you weren’t going to learn it at home. Unless you made a mistake. And then it still wasn’t talked about.
As Maggie became a teenager and the war started to wind down it was a great time to be alive. American’s had jobs, they had hope, and manufacturing revolution fueled by war innovations was about to explode. The advancements in medicine like Penicillin changed everything in the 1940's. Note: The first electronic computer was made in the 1940's and it wasn’t called a PC. It was called ENIAC and weighted 30 tons. http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~history/ENIAC.Richey.HTML .
To be continued . . .