Polly Campbell was born June 21, 1926 in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood, Germantown. She attended Germantown Friends School during her youth. Polly’s brother was a ROTC participant, and her father was a veteran of the First World War and also served as a block warden. Mrs. Campbell, now 92, has daughters living in Maine and a son who lives in Kennedyville, MD.
In this interview, Polly Campbell shares her Home Front experiences during World War II. Mrs. Campbell, a high school student at the time, remembers rationing, war bonds, 4Fs, and the death of her brother’s friend. Polly also told stories of Quaker reactions to the War; notably, conscientious objectors and Quakers involved in manufacturing. Her narrative paints a divided Quaker community.