WWII Tina Thompson, Shannon Wain, Heather Wain
RATIONING ON THE HOMEFRONT • During the Second World War, you couldn't just walk into a shop and buy as much sugar or butter or meat as you wanted, nor could you fill up your car with gasoline whenever you liked. All these things were rationed, which meant you were only allowed to buy a small amount (even if you could afford more). The government introduced rationing because certain things were in short supply during the war, and rationing was the only way to make sure everyone got their fair share. • http://www.ameshistoricalsociety.org/exhibits/events/rationing.htm
War ration books and tokens were issued to each American family, dictating how much gasoline, tires, sugar, meat, silk, shoes, nylon and other items any one person could buy.
Symbols in American culture • Uncle Sam • Smokey the Bear • Flags (such as Olympic Flag) • Red Cross • Handicapped Parking Signs • Nike • McDonald’s Sign Symbols play an important role in raising excitement and convincing people to get excited about doing something. Rosie the Riveter was an important icon in convincing woman
WOMEN IN WWII • Rosie the Riveter: a symbol of inspiration and a cultural icon for women during WWII. She appeared as a tireless character who worked in factories all day long happily supporting troops overseas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CQ0M0wx00s
Note: After the war, women were often laid off and told to go back home. During their jobs they were often treated unfairly and received little pay.
African Americans in WWII Tuskegee Airman
The Tuskegee Airmen in the Army Air Corps Program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircrafts. They included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff.
The Tuskegee Airman overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups in the WWII. • These men started the change for integration into the US Military. http://allibird.glogster.com/bird-tuskegeeairmenglog/