World War II Mobilizing for Defense. Selective Service System. Required men to register for military service. Will raise an additional 10 million men during World War II. War Production Board. The WPB decided which companies would convert from peacetime to
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Required men to register
for military service. Will raise
an additional 10 million men
during World War II.
The WPB decided which companies
would convert from peacetime to
wartime production and allocated
raw materials to key industries
War Production Video
The OPA rationed foods such
as meat, butter, cheese, sugar,
vegetables, and coffee.
The Department of Treasury issued war bonds to raise money for the war
effort and to fight inflation.
Celebrity War Bond Tour Newsreel
The OSRD spurred improvements in radar and sonar, pesticides like
DDT, miracle drugs such as penicillin and the atomic bomb.
During WWII, women were actively
recruited into what had been non-
traditional work for women, including
such jobs as welding, machinist,
construction, and bus and truck
driving. The image of “Rosie the
Riveter” was used to encourage
women to join the workforce.
Women in the War Video
“Rosie the Riveter”
In addition to promoting war bonds,
Hollywood churned out war-
oriented propaganda films like
Hitler, Beast of Berlin.
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard
On Feb. 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed an executive order
Requiring removal of people of Japanese ancestry from California
And parts of Washington, Oregon, and Arizona to internment camps.
In the following weeks, the army will round up some 110,000 Japanese