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SECTION 4: THE HOME FRONT. The war provided a lift to the U.S. economy Jobs were abundant and despite rationing and shortages, people had money to spend By the end of the war, America was the world’s dominant economic and military power. A PRODUCTION MIRACLE.

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section 4 the home front
SECTION 4: THE HOME FRONT
  • The war provided a lift to the U.S. economy
  • Jobs were abundant and despite rationing and shortages, people had money to spend
  • By the end of the war, America was the world’s dominant economic and military power
a production miracle
A PRODUCTION MIRACLE
  • Americans converted their auto industry into a war industry
  • The nation’s automobile plants began to produce tanks, planes, boats, and command cars
  • Many other industries also converted to war-related supplies
labor s contribution
LABOR’S CONTRIBUTION
  • By 1944, nearly 18 million workers were laboring in war industries (3x the # in 1941)
  • More than 6 million of these were women and nearly 2 million were minority
mobilization of scientists
MOBILIZATION OF SCIENTISTS
  • In 1941, FDR created the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD) to bring scientists into the war effort
  • Focus was on radar and sonar to locate submarines
  • Also the scientists worked on penicillin and pesticides like DDT
federal government takes control of inflation
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKES CONTROL OF INFLATION
  • With prices of goods threatening to rise out of control, FDR responded by creating the Office of Price Administration (OPA)
  • The OPA froze prices on most goods and encouraged the purchase of war bonds to fight inflation
war production board
WAR PRODUCTION BOARD
  • To ensure the troops had ample resources, FDR created the WPB
  • The WPB decided which companies would convert to wartime production and how to best allocate raw materials to those industries
collection drives
COLLECTION DRIVES
  • The WPB also organized nationwide drives to collect scrap iron, tin cans, paper, rags and cooking fat for recycling
  • Additionally, the OPA set up a system of rationing
  • Households had set allocations of scarce goods – gas, meat, shoes, sugar, coffee
women make gains
WOMEN MAKE GAINS
  • Women enjoyed economic gains during the war, although many lost their jobs after the war
  • Over 6 million women entered the work force for the first time
  • Over 1/3 were in the defense industry
population shifts
POPULATION SHIFTS
  • The war triggered the greatest mass migration in American history
  • More than a million newcomers poured into California between 1941-1944
  • African Americans again shifted from south to north
gi bill helps returning vets
GI BILL HELPS RETURNING VETS
  • To help returning servicemen ease back into civilian life, Congress passed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (GI Bill of Rights)
  • The act provided education for 7.8 million vets
women join the fight
WOMEN JOIN THE FIGHT
  • Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall pushed for the formation of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC)
  • Under this program women worked in non-combat roles such as nurses, ambulance drivers, radio operators, and pilots
all americans fought
ALL AMERICANS FOUGHT

Despite discrimination at home, minority populations contributed to the war effort

  • 1,000,000 African Americans served in the military
  • 300,000 Mexican-Americans
  • 33,000 Japanese Americans
  • 25,000 Native Americans
  • 13,000 Chinese Americans

These “Golden 13” Great Lakes officers scored the highest marks ever on the Officers exam in 1944

tuskegee airmen
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN
  • Among the brave men who fought in Italy were pilots of the all-black 99th squadron – the Tuskegee Airmen
  • The pilots made numerous effective strikes against Germany and won two distinguished Unit Citations
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On May 31, 1943, the 99th Squadron, the first group of African-American pilots trained at the Tuskegee Institute, arrived in North Africa

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Nearly 59 years after the end of World War II, the National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 29, 2004 to honor the 408,680 Americans who died in the conflict

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