Growing Up by Russell Baker

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Russell Baker’s Growing Up is an educational book filled with various information that I have previously studied. The rest of this essay connects Baker’s life to the information we have studied in class about the 1920’s, The Depression, and World War 2. The above three are the three most important topics that shaped and made the modern present America. Russell Baker was born in 1925 and still lives today. His has a unique style of writing which charms his readers and which makes him so attractive to so many of his fans. He received his first Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his "Observer" column and Growing Up was his second. The general summary of this book would be that Baker talks about him and his family and their struggles faced during the Depression, World War 2 and other things. Many bad things happened because of the Depression for Baker. Baker’s mother, Elizabeth, lost her boyfriend Oluf, along with the depression. At first he was determined to find a job and marry Elizabeth; as the time went on, Oluf couldn’t find a job and told Elizabeth to forget about him. The Great Depression lasted from October 24, 1929 until the economic recovery of the 1940s. On October 29, Black Thursday, the stock market cras Continue...


The depression affected all sectors of the economy. Stalin wanted to spread communism throughout the world. Six aircraft carriers are what these planes were carried on. During the World War 2, Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini hoped to conquer the world. The major results off the bombing of Pearl Harbor were the involvement of the United States in World War II. entry into the Great War that prohibitionists were able to secure enactment of national legislation. Somehow, Baker"tms mother, Elizabeth, became a flapper. The second major result was the dropping of the Atom Bomb at Hiroshima in Japan. The main planes Japan send for the attack were bombers. At that time, Joseph Pulitzer and Hearst were newspaper publishers, and both started giving false comments and over-exaggeration news of a lot of stuff relating to the Spanish American War, such as the sinking of the Maine and other stuff. Truman was the president who dropped the bomb on Japan because FDR died shortly before that happened.