Kilroy Historical Context

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The social, cultural, and historical events that surround the time "Kilroy" was written and the time it takes place are some of the most studied, re- searched, and talked about happenings in history. The 1940s literally erupted onto the planet, spurred by Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 and the beginning of World War II. But the war's real origins preceded that invasion by a decade and had a direct tie to America. Although the United States remained out of the conflict until Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the seeds of worldwide unrest were sown in the Great Depression that rocked the American economy after the stock market crash in 1929. Devastating economic conditions in the United States meant even more devastating economic conditions in other countries, both industrial and Third World. Production levels dropped dramatically in America and elsewhere, causing world trade to plummet and unemployment to skyrocket...

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