Of America and sacrifice: Is the country ready to step up?

FILE - In this April 3, 1944, file photo Bofors guns used by the Army and Navy are shown lined up at the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio. Not since World War II when factories converted from making automobiles to making tanks, Jeeps and torpedos has the entire nation been asked to truly sacrifice for a greater good. (AP Photo, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — For most Americans alive today, the idea of a shared national sacrifice is a collective abstraction. It’s a memory passed on from a grandparent or through a book or movie. Not since World War II, when people carried ration books, has the nation been asked to truly sacrifice for a greater good. Now, with the coronavirus, it’s as though a natural disaster has taken place in multiple places at once. Will America step up as it enters what one prominent historian calls “a new moment”?