Documentary Editing, Association for


Date of this Version

Summer 2005

Document Type



Documentary Editing, Volume 27, Number 2, Summer 2005. ISSN 0196-7134


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Given the all-pervasive nature of World War II's impact on American society, scores of socio-cultural history topics might profitably be studied using the published papers of U.S. Army Chief of Staff George Catlett Marshall. Examples of the kinds of issues Marshall had to deal with include where, how, and with what the United States should fight; the role of women in the war effort; racial segregation and social mores in the army and surrounding its camps; who was required to fight, why they did so, and what they got out of doing it; who was permitted to become an officer; the rise of what came to be called the military-industrial complex; and labor practices, politics, and military-media relations. This essay looks at Marshall's relations with the radio and print media between 1939 and 1945.