The legacy of WWII is fairly glowing. A just war fought in against the aggressive and fascist Axis powers, a war effort that united a dedicated citizenry and a courageous military, war production that helped lift the United States to the status of an economic powerhouse and global hegemon. The legacy is particularly powerful considering that it followed on the heels of a decade-long economic depression that persisted despite what appeared to be the best efforts of the federal government.

To what extent has the legacy of WWII shaped Americans' understanding of the relationship between war and the American economy? How has this affected Americans' views of other wars, from Vietnam to Iraq?