V for Victory: Georgia Remembers World War II


V for Victory: Georgia Remembers World War II

It is my earnest hope, and indeed the hope of all mankind, that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge [...] a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance, and justice. - U.S. General Douglas MacArthur

"V for Victory" tells the story of the home front as well as the battlefield in World War II. The first section of the exhibit examines the rise of totalitarianism, reactions to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the draft, the painful goodbyes, rationing, dealing with loss, and homecoming celebrations. The second section of the exhibit details how local Georgia companies like Bell Aircraft (later Lockheed) and Coca-Cola got involved in war time production and the new opportunities surfaced in the workforce for women and African Americans.

Georgia was represented in every area of the armed services. From mobilization to training and the different experiences of being “over there,” this third section tells the emotional and empowering stories of WWII’s military men and women. Those that experienced World War II have been called the Greatest Generation. These individuals were real people who made extraordinary efforts and sacrifices for each other and future generations. "V for Victory" was curated by Glen Kyle for the Atlanta History Center and is accompanied by three short films created by the Atlanta History Center in partnership with the History Channel. These can be viewed in our on-site theater as part of your visit.

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