Records of 1943 Congressional sub-committee hearings in Long Beach, California, provide insight into the impact of World War II on a West Coast port city. Local officials testified to the sudden, overwhelming needs in housing and city services and to the impact of the rapid growth of shipyards, aircraft industry, and naval facilities.
“A Vast War Establishment”: World War II Comes to Long Beach
Craig Hendricks taught history for over two decades at Long Beach City College. His research for this article began while collaborating with colleagues (including Julian Delgaudio) and K-12 teachers on the role of the federal government on the historical development of Long Beach. He is a board member of the Historical Society of Long Beach. He has worked on various exhibitions and Long Beach Community Studies conferences for the HSLB and remains active in the society since his retirement from teaching.
Julian Delgaudio taught history at Long Beach City College for over twenty years. As a way of interesting his students in the decision-making processes of local government, he used research on the effects of World War II in Long Beach. His work on the subject led to successful exhibition projects for the Historical Society of Long Beach, of which he was a board member. He died unexpectedly in August of 2015 and their article in this issue was completed by Craig Hendricks.
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Craig Hendricks, Julian Delgaudio; “A Vast War Establishment”: World War II Comes to Long Beach. Southern California Quarterly 1 November 2017; 99 (4): 443–474. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2017.99.4.443
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