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Your Task As a Group. View this power point and/or do outside research Decide how you want to tell the story of life in America during WWII. Be sure to cover at least two actions/ responsibilities of the government and US citizens

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Your task as a group
Your Task As a Group

  • View this power point and/or do outside research

  • Decide how you want to tell the story of life in America during WWII.

  • Be sure to cover at least two actions/ responsibilities of the government and US citizens

  • Share your completed product with Mr. K via email or Google docs

  • Products must be digital in nature and will be posted on Mr. K’s website

  • Projects can be (but are not limited to) a glogster.com, podcast, song, poem, children’s story, wallwisher.com, mashon.com,superherosquad.marvel.com


Mobilizing for war

Mobilizing For War

US on the Home Front


Men needed to fight
Men needed to Fight

  • Selective Service Act - First peacetime draft in US history (1940)

    • Men between 18 - 45 had to register

  • 15 million Americans served in the military

    • 1 million Blacks

    • 300,000 Mexican-Americans


War is good for the economy
War is Good for the Economy

  • Depression ends when war industries start up

  • US needs jeeps, tanks, planes, guns, and other supplies

  • Incomes rise, unemployment fell


War production board wpb
War Production Board (WPB)

  • Supervised conversion of factories to wartime production

  • No cars were built in the early 40’s


Scrap drives
Scrap Drives

  • US needed rubber, metal and other goods

  • Govt. organized nationwide scrap drives


Rationing
Rationing

  • In order to control amounts of needed goods, the government limited what each family could buy

  • Rationed items included meat, gas, coffee, shoes


Warning of spies
Warning of Spies

  • Government warned citizens not to talk about the war in public for fear of spies

  • Possibly done to stop people from protesting war


War bonds
War Bonds

  • Sold to raise money for the war

  • Supposed to spend 10% of salary on war bonds


Women in the military
Women in the Military

  • Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) - women flew training and supply planes

  • Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) - Worked in communications

  • Nursing Corps served in combat areas


Women and minorities in the workforce
Women and Minorities in the Workforce

  • Jobs are open as the men leave to fight

  • Blacks again move to cities to take factory jobs

  • Women leave the home to go to work

  • Govt. propaganda includes Rosie the Riveter


Rosie the Riveter

Jeff the Riveter



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