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World War II at Home. The Shift to Wartime Production. Overview. Selling weapons to the Allies and buying weapons for ourselves will bring our economy out of the Depression. Ultimately, success depends upon our ability to produce. Mobilizing the Economy for War. Government Action

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World war ii at home

World War II at Home


The shift to wartime production

The Shift to Wartime Production


Overview

Overview

Selling weapons to the Allies and buying weapons for ourselves will bring our economy out of the Depression. Ultimately, success depends upon our ability to produce


Mobilizing the economy for war

Mobilizing the Economy for War

  • Government Action

    • Office of Price Administration (OPA)

      • Kept prices from going up

      • Oversaw Rationing

    • War Production Board

      • Oversaw conversion of peacetime industries to wartime industry.


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  • Industrial Conversion

    • Shirt Factories--mosquito netting.

    • Typewriter plants--machine guns

    • Auto factories--bombers (cars were rationed)

    • Ford built the Willow run Plant--produced 340 planes / month on a mile long assembly line.

    • Henry J. Kaiser

      • Revolutionized ship building by building sections of the ship in different parts of the shipyard.

      • Liberty Ships in 1941 took 150 days to build. Kaiser built them in 4.


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  • Coca Cola

    • Promised “We will see that every man in uniform gets a bottle of Coca Cola for 5¢

    • Sold over 5 million

  • The “Great Arsenal of Democracy”

    • By mid 1945 the US had made:

      • 300k planes

      • 80K landing craft

      • 100K Tanks and Armored Cars

      • 5,600 Merchant ships

      • 6 million rifles, carbines and machine guns.

      • 41 billion rounds of ammunition


Douglas aircraft b 18

Douglas Aircraft B-18


Willow run plant 2 5 m sq ft

Willow Run Plant (2.5 M sq ft.)


Tank production

Tank Production


Liberty ship

Liberty Ship


Henry j kaiser

Henry J. Kaiser


Ss robert e peary completed in 4 days

SS Robert E. PearyCompleted in 4 days


Financing the war 1939 1945

Financing the War 1939-1945

  • 1939 Spending was $9.4 billion; 1945 $95.2 billion

  • GNP more than doubled

  • 41% of the war has financed by higher taxes

  • The remainder was borrowed from banks, private investors and the public.

  • Deficit spending boosted the economy, but the accumulated debt caused problems later on.


Daily life on the home front

Daily Life on the Home Front


Pop culture

Pop Culture

  • Books and Movies

    • The paperback book market skyrocketed

    • 60% of Americans went to the movies every week.

  • Baseball

    • 4K of the 5,700 players were in the war.

    • Women’ professional ball

      • Organized by Phillip Wrigley

      • All American Girls Softball League / Baseball


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  • Popular Music

    • “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

    • “White Christmas” Bing Crosby


Shortages and controls

Shortages and Controls

  • Unavailable Goods

    • Metal for zippers made guns

    • Rubber for girdles made tires

    • Nylon was used for parachutes not stockings


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  • Rationed Goods

    • Sugar was scarce b/c of the fall of the Philippines

    • Rationing of food and clothes was based on a point system issued in ration books. Once points were used, could not buy more

    • Gas was rationed


Enlisting public support

Enlisting Public Support

  • Office of War Mobilization

    • Purpose--get the public to support the war in every way

    • Examples

      • Victory Gardens

        • by 1943 produced 1/3 of fresh vegetables in the US

      • Air Raid blackouts on the coasts

      • VA--volunteers raised sunken ships in the James River for parts and scrap.


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  • Metal Drives

  • Rubber drives

  • Saved kitchen grease to collect glycerin to make powder for bullets

  • Slogans

    • “Play your Part”

    • “Conserve and Collect”

    • “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”


Women and the war rosie the riveter

Women and the War“Rosie the Riveter”


Changes for women

Changes for Women

  • The government actively recruited women for the workforce.

  • Married women entered the work force and for the 1st time outnumbered single women.

  • At one point women made up 35% of the workforce.


Benefits for women

Benefits for Women

  • More money to pay off debts incurred during the depression.

  • Had challenging and interesting work opportunities.

  • Percentage of African American women working went from 6.8% to 18 %.


Problems

Problems

  • Hostile reactions from other workers.

  • Less pay than men for the same job.

  • Worried about leaving children at home.


After the war

After the War

  • Industry and government encouraged women to leave their public jobs.

  • Were encouraged to focus on homemaking.


The struggle for justice at home

The Struggle for Justice at Home


Discrimination against african americans

Discrimination against African Americans

  • Economic Discrimination

    • 1941-- 1/5 were unemployed

    • Limited housing available

    • Limited opportunities to advance in the workplace

    • The Jim Crow System remained strong in the South.


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  • Military

    • Whites and African Americans were strictly segregated.

  • African Americans pushed the “Double V” campaign


A phillip randolph

A. Phillip Randolph

  • Pushed for Black rights in the labor movement

  • Helped the “Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters” railway union gain successes.


Mexicans

Mexicans

  • Bracero Program

    • Agreement b/w the US and Mexico

    • >200K workers allowed to enter the US and work on farms


Japanese americans

Japanese Americans

  • 1941--127K in the US, mostly on the west coast.

  • 2/3 were Nisei

  • Relocation

    • Feb. 19, 1942 FDR issued Executive Order 9066

    • The War Relocation Authority removed all persons of Japanese ancestry inland to internment camps.


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  • Most could not secure their property before leaving for the camps

  • Many lost businesses, farms, homes and other property.

  • Court Challenges

    • 4 cases went to the US Supreme Court and in each the Constitutionality of internment camps were upheld.

    • 1988 Congress awarded each surviving Japanese American who’d been interned $10K tax free

    • The government also officially apologized.


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