A reader writes:
I only caught a few minutes near the end of this piece from Minnesota Public Radio on Monday but it included some "man-on-the-street" type interviews from December 7, 1941. What I found most interesting has been echoed by your commenters: people were a bit ambivalent about the war, even after the attack. Most of the interviewees said things like "I'm sure we'll win" but there was a quavering in their voices. That and the fact that most of the enlisted men had been drafted and you could sense a general "oh, boy, we didn't sign up for this but now we have to deal with it" in the interviews. Yes, the "Greatest Generation" stepped up in the long run, and won the war, but they weren't gung-ho from day one.
Interviews start at the 37:00 mark.