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What does nationalism mean? Webster's New World Dictionary defines nationalism in several parts. One section reads as followed; "a devotion to one's nation; patriotism excessive, narrow, or jingoist patriotism; chauvinism." Leaders and citizens of a nation can show nationalism in many ways both positively and negatively. There are numerous ways to express people's "devotion to one's nation," one being during times of war when people show true patriotism to their country. During World War II many people through out the world made many sacrifices for their country. Young men in the United States volunteered in to military service, fighting for causes that in many cases would never directly effect his way of life or his families. But because of feelings of nationalism towards his country he answered the call of "Uncle Sam", leaving family behind to fight for his country half way around the world in some instances.

In the United States during these times of war woman showed a great deal of nationalism.

Prior to World War II, women primarily stayed at home as housewives and to raise the children. Women's roles would soon change though as more and more men were leaving to fight across the Atlantic, industrial workers were needed and called on to build the weapons of war. Because of a strong sense of nationalism, women answered her countries call for labor, leaving home to work long hours, sometimes 7 days a weeks, in factories all the while raising her children and maintaining a household.

Aside from times of war, nationalism can be expressed in various other ways. A tragedy can bring a countries people to a high level of nationalism. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1961 brought a country together as they mourned the loss of a one of its most popular...