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Support on the American Home-front During WWII: Changing Workforce and Industrial Growth.

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1 Support on the American Home-front During WWII: Changing Workforce and Industrial Growth

2 Great Depression Began in 1929, when the stock market crashed sending the economy into an almost over night recession Lasted until about 1941, directly coinciding with US entry into WWII During the Depression, more than 15 million Americans were left unemployed with no jobs available No jobs meant no money and many became homeless and starving.

3 The Depression changes the attitude of the American people into one that relies and trust the government to help in times of need This Depression starts recovering in the early 1940’s with our declaration of War on the Axis powers on December 8, Because of this industrialization skyrockets

4 Changing Role of Women By 1942 only the second year into the war men disappeared almost completely from civilian jobs

5 Urbanization During the war, towns that had been small and close-knit became huge centers of commerce doubling and tripling not only their size with the amount of people, but also the diversity of the worker

6 Tensions between the country folks and the townspeople for jobs Tensions between men and women Tensions between White and Black workers

7 Rationing, Victory Gardens, and Propaganda The US government during the war asked the American people to give up some of their everyday items to help with the war effort The Boy Scouts often sponsored scrap metal drives and lead recycling initiatives. The country was put on a rationing program. This meant that you only got a certain amount of stamps for food per week and if you ran out you had to either borrow from neighbors or eat something else This included gasoline, food, and almost every other item

8 Everyone was encouraged to but buy War Bonds, these were money paid to the government in the wartime to help pay for the war and when it was over, they got that money back, plus whatever interest was agreed upon Victory Gardens were also a popular source of food. Instead of using rationing stamps families would grow their own food so that they could save food.

9 Propaganda-information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, ect. Posters, pamphlets, ads, videos, were all used in order to instill in the American people pride, resilience, and give a face to the enemy

10 Assessment: Media and Its Messages Break into even groups and look at the example you are given Think About: Who this is directed towards What is the over-all message What are some of the symbols used and why? Write down your answers and turn them in at the end of the class. Or look at these examples and use them to draw your own about a current issue i.e. The War In Iraq

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