Homefront by Catherine A. Lutz
A Military City and the American Twentieth Century

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A look at Fayetteville, North Carolina, home to Fort Bragg, that poses the question,'Are we all military dependents?'

Fayetteville has earned the nicknames of Fatalville and Fayettenam. Unusual and not-sounusual features of the town include gross income inequalities, an extraordinarily high incidence of venereal disease, miles and miles of strip malls, and a history of racial violence. Through interviews with residents and historical research, Catherine Lutz immerses herself in the life of the town to discover how it has supported the military for over a century. From secret training operations that use civilians as mock enemies and allies to the satellite economy of the town, Lutz's history of Fayetteville reveals the burdens that military preparedness creates for all of us.
 

About Catherine A. Lutz

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Catherine Lutz is Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, where she has a joint appointment with the Watson Institute for International Studies. Her books include "Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century".
 
Published November 19, 2001 by Beacon Press. 288 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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It’s the center of local crime, its gin joints and brothels giving the town its nicknames of “Fatalville” and “Fayettnam.” Lutz clearly isn’t sympathetic toward the military, but she does back up her arguments with interviews and hard research.

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The "Military City" of the subtitle is Fayetteville, North Carolina, location of Fort Bragg, one of the nation's largest military installations and home to the 82nd Airborne Division.

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