Was it really easier during the second world war to hide from authority? If it was, did this result as an extension of the Great Depression, when so many people lost their homes and their families and roamed the country as a largely nameless, homeless mass of humanity in the U.S.?
So much of what we have available to us these days are the recordings of people who wanted to point out a particular problem. As a result our view of these two consecutive periods in our history are pretty dark. I don't want anyone to think these were easy times, but there had to be happy people somewhere in the United States from 1929 to 1946.
Ok, so big business bought out failing farms, clear-cut the land and robbed the land of its natural protection against the wind, creating the dustbowl. During these years the unemployment rate topped out at about 25% and did not fall below 10% until 1941 when everything was gearing up for our entry into the war. War dead for the U.S. was around 418,000 or less than 1/3 of a percent of our population Of bigger impact was the sheer number of citizens in the military during the war, 16 million or 11% of the population, most of which were to return to civilian life back home after the war at about the same time.
Yet puppies and kittens were still born during this time, people still got married and had babies. That other 89% of the population still found ways to live their lives. In the worst of times we still find ways to have the best of time.