By James Ward Lee, Carolyn N. Barnes, Kent A. Bowman, Laura Crow, Ann Richards
World battle II replaced Texas from oil and livestock and cotton to and agribusiness.The expertise that grew out of the war—radar, tv, jet plane, air-con for the masses—made a Texas that had now not been imagined sooner than 1941. And the Texans themselves replaced, as they left the country for distant places and for different components of the USA. They left the rustic for town to paintings in and so much might by no means go back to the farm other than in retirement years.
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Reports surfaced that the islands had been invaded by Japanese paratroopers, that Hawaii was honeycombed with spies, and that the attacking planes had actually been piloted by Japan's German allies. Fear, especially the night of the 7th, led to panic, paranoia, and shooting incidents by military and civilians. The most tragic incident involved the shooting down of several American patrol planes, mistaken as the vanguard of a new attack. This incident cost more American lives. Mothers guarded their houses and children with guns.
A bountiful cotton crop sold for 16¢ a pound, the highest price since 1930. Cotton, like all Texas products, was in great demand in Europe. In July 1940, Texas newspapers pointed out that the first anti-aircraft gun had been delivered to the government and that serious glider training was underway in the state. Pro-defense rallies were held in more than 400 towns throughout the state. Texans also were treated to some spectacular baseball history in 1941. The powerful 1941 New York Yankees, Series winners over the Dodgers in five games, featured a 56-game hitting streak by the "Yankee Clipper," Joe DiMaggio.
Lakeview, on the Dallas highway a few miles north of Waco, is a country community. It has no city council, no government structure other than a school board. There were two stores and a filling station. And, as best I can tell, there was no lake to view. Most Texans lived a rural or small-town life in the years before the war. We had no superhighways. Even our network of farm-to-market roads was yet to be built. If you wanted to go from Waco to Dallas, you could take the Texas Specialthe Missouri-Kansas-Texas passenger trainor you could take the Interurban.