The Home Front. American Society during WWII. The Armed Forces. Young men were eager to volunteer. 5 million men volunteered Draft: mandatory recruitment for military service. 10 million men drafted. The Armed Forces cont’d.
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American Society during WWII
“There are innumerable duties now being performed by soldiers that can be done better by women” -General George Marshall
Nurses, drivers, electricians, pilots…; non-combat
Navajo Code Talkers
World War II ended the Great Depression
American factories were converted to produce the tools and supplies for war
~instead of making consumer goods, factories were making supplies for the armed forces
"Marching through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, a mob of several thousand soldiers, sailors, and civilians, proceeded to beat up every zootsuiter they could find […] Mexicans, and some Filipinos and Negroes, were jerked from their seats, pushed into the streets and beaten with a sadistic frenzy.“
Los Angeles, 1943: For 5 days, Sailors and Marines attacked young men who wore the zoot suit
-more than 150 injured
-500 arrested for “rioting” or “vagrancy”