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This project examines the importance of the college demographic during periods of rapid political change. The purpose of this research is to demonstrate how crucial the efforts of one population can be during times of national crisis. Specifically, this research project focuses on the students at Pittsburg State University (PSU) during the 1940s and how they responded to the onset of World War II. The research is based on primary sources, particularly newspaper articles from the 1943 and 1944 editions of the Collegio. The evidence showed that PSU students were incredibly active during the war and supported the soldiers abroad in ways other demographics could not, indicating the importance of colleges and universities across the nation during times of national crisis.

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