Racism was a serious problem in World War II. The defense factories needed more workers than small towns in Nebraska could provide. When hundreds of diverse people arrived to help out, they were not always treated with respect. Willie Tripp wasn't born in Nebraska, but in this video, he tells how he moved to Hastings to work at the Hastings Naval Ammunition Depot.
War affects governments and groups of people on such a large scale that it can be overwhelming. However, each event is experienced one person at a time, and each person has an individual story to tell. This series of videos, 'The War: Nebraska Stories,' continues the saga of World War II through very personal interviews with Nebraskans who lived through that war.