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1 World War II on the Home Front U.S. “Isolation” and the “Surprise Attack” on Pearl HarborThe Wartime [Socialist] EconomyRole of Minorities in WWIIAfrican-AmericansMexican-AmericansNative AmericansRole of Women in WWIIJapanese [American] InternmentU.S. Propaganda in Machine WWIIThe BombsThe first casualty of war is the truth.
2 …Incremental steps towards intervention U.S. “Isolationism”…Incremental steps towards intervention
3 U.S. “Isolationism”Nye Committee - 12 April 1934 (1) The anti-business climate caused Senator Gerald P. Nye (ND) to investigate armament sales and manufacture during WWI, revealing that huge profits had been made by American financiers and munitions manufacturers (2) Confirmed views of some that wars were fought to profit a small minority(3) Set the stage for the rise of isolationist sentiment in the USJohnson Debt Default Act - 13 April Banned loans to foreign governments in default to the US on their WWI debts (Finland was the only nation not in default).Ludlow Amendment - high point of isolationist sentiment (1) Amendment offered by Rep. Louis Ludlow (IN) was narrowly defeated by a vote of in the 75th Congress. (2) If passed, the US Congress could not have declared war without a nationwide public referendum, unless the US or one of its possessions were directly attacked. (3) Showed depth of isolationist sentiment among Americans
4 U.S. “Isolationism”FDR’s Chicago Quarantine Speech - 5 Oct FDR's trial of collective security (1) "When an epidemic of physical disease starts to spread, the community approves and joins in a quarantine of the patients in order to protect the health of the community against the spread of the disease." (2) FDR had moved ahead of public opinion polls that revealed a growing fear that the US might be moving toward entanglement in another European war. (3) 21 Mar Hoover took issue with FDR, speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations, arguing against US involvement in collective security arrangements.
5 U.S. “Isolationism”USS Panay Incident - 12 Dec 1937 (1) Japan, at war with China, attacked a river gunboat, the USS Panay on the Yangtze River, killing two US citizens. (2) Although the US government immediately protested Japanese actions, instead of demanding action against Japan, US public opinion demanded to know what the Panay was doing, escorting Esso oil tankers to China in a war zone. (3) 14 Dec - Japan officially apologized for the attack, agreed to pay damages and promised to avoid such attacks in the future. (4) US public reluctant to risk any actions which might involve the US in another war.FDR began private correspondence with Churchill, promising to aid Britain in whatever capacity he legally could.1938 State of the Union Address - FDR noted a need for adequate strength in self defense.
6 U.S. “Isolationism”…in response to German invasion of Poland (Sept 1939)3 Sept - During his "fireside chat," FDR stated that the US would remain neutral, and he partially limited travel to Europe.5 Sept - FDR ordered the reconditioning of 40 destroyers, beginning a neutrality patrol around the Western Hemisphere.8 Sept - A limited national emergency was declared.27 Sept - A special session of Congress considered repealing the arms embargo of the third Neutrality ActBy May 1940 Germany had captured Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium.By June 1940, Vichy gov in FranceSept Tripartite Pact - Germany, Italy and Japan
7 U.S. “Isolationism”First Neutrality Act - 31 Aug Feb 1936 (a) Created a federal agency to consider arms sales. Still an arms embargo (b) US citizens could travel on belligerent vessels or into war zones at their own risk. (c) First used in Oct 1935 when Italy attacked Ethiopia.Second Neutrality Act - Feb May extended the first act (a) It added a prohibition against extending loans or credit to belligerents (b) US stated that it would not interfere in Spain's civil war. US recognized the new government of Spain.Third Neutrality Act - 1 May revised the provisions of 1st 2 acts. (a) Est. cash-and-carry system, effectively limiting US ships from carrying goods into war zones. (b) The US shipped much aid to China(c) Est. embargo on armaments, and not to raw materials which could produce munitions, allowing Japan to continue to purchase from US sources such items as scrap iron, copper, and oil.Fourth Neutrality Act - 4 Nov 1939 (a) After Germany invaded Poland, Congress repealed the arms embargo (b) It allowed belligerent nations to purchase munitions on the same cash-and carry basis, which obviously favored the sea power, Britain.
8 U.S. “Isolationism”FDR added two interventionists to his cabinet. a. Henry L. Stimson Secretary of War. b. Frank Knox Secretary of the Navy.Alien Registration Act - 28 June - required registration and finger printing of aliensDeclaration of Havana - 30 July - To ensure that European colonies in the Western Hemisphere would not be taken over by Germany, if the mother country fell to Germany, affected colonies would be administered by other Western hemisphere nations.First Peace Time Draft - 16 Sept 1940a. Burke-Wadsworth (Selective Training and Service ) Act -- registering all men aged 18-35, and authorized training of 1,200,000 over a 1-year period with 800,000 reserve forces. b. 16 Oct - The first registration began - 16,400,000 registered. c. 29 Oct - The first draft numbers were selectedDestroyers for Bases Deal - 3 Sept - The US transferred 50 destroyers to the British, in exchange for 99-year leases on naval and air bases in British possessions in the Western Hemisphere: Newfoundland, West Indies, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Antiqua and British Guiana.Pittman Resolution permitted the US arms sales to Latin America.
9 U.S. “Isolationism”Committee To Defend America By Aiding the Allies - Chaired by William Allen White , favored aid to the Allies short of American combat forces.Friends of Democracy, stressed that fascism was a greater threat than communism.Non-Interventionists: America First CommitteeFormed by Sears executive Gen. Robert Wood, peaked at 800,000 members including Henry Ford, Alice Roosevelt Longsworth and Charles Lindbergh .Lindbergh made several speeches for the committee which stressed: (1) Impossibility of a German attack across the Atlantic; (2) Wealth of nations like Britain was acquired at the expense of poorer European nations like Germany; (3) German-dominated post-war Europe was not detrimental to our hemisphere (4) Lindbergh used Nazi themes, like the Jewish press conspiracy, and the public linked the organization to Nazism and it lost popularity.Election of 1940Dems in Chicago nominated FDR for an unprecedented third term. Henry A. Wallace VPRepublicans nominated Wendell L. Willkie (IN), corporate lawyer, who had never held public office and Sen Charles McNary VPBoth Willkie and FDR supported building up America's defenses and aiding the Allies, short of combat troops, thus providing no referendum on this issue.Republicans attacked the New Deal, but favored most of its reforms, while the Democrats stood on FDR's record.FDR won 449 electoral (27,244,160 popular) votes to Willkie's 82 electoral (10 states) (22,305,198 popular) votes.
10 U.S. “Isolationism”Lend-Lease HR "An Act to Further Promote the Defense of the US“17 Dec In a fireside chat, FDR proposed what became known as "Lend-Lease" illustrated by his garden hose analogy—"Suppose my neighbor's house catches fire, and I have a length of garden hose four or five hundred feet away. If he can take my garden hose and connect it up to his hydrant, I may help him to put out the fire. Now what do I do? I don't say to him before that operation, 'Neighbor, my garden hose cost me $15. You have to pay me $15 for it.' What is the transaction that goes on? I don't want $15 - I want my garden hose back after the fire is over.“11 Mar - Congress approved Lend-Lease, appropriation of $7 billionLend-Lease terminated in Sept 1946 after expending $50.6 billion.29 Dec - A poll revealed that 39% believed that the US had made a mistake participating in WWI, down from 64% in 1937.6 Jan State of the Union Address: enunciated his Four Freedoms Speech - Freedom of speech and expression, of worship, from want, from fear
11 U.S. “Isolationism” U.S. Occupation of Countries – 1941 9 April - The US occupied Greenland as a result of a joint agreement between the US and the Danish government7 July - US Marines occupied Iceland to keep the Germans from using it as a strike base18 Aug - The Selective Service Bill was extended for 18 months by a vote ofAtlantic Charter 14 Aug Provided a purpose for fighting the war includinga renunciation of all aggressionself-determination of peoplesequal access to raw materialsguarantees for freedom from want and fearfreedom of the seasdisarmament of aggressor nations.became a blueprint for the UN
12 U.S. “Isolationism” Battle of Britain - 10 July - 31 Oct 1940 German Violation of Non-Aggression Pact with USSR 22 June 1941Immediate aid to the USSR 24 June 194125 Nov - the Germans inside USSR were almost entirely surrounded and the turning point of the European war, the Battle of Stalingrad, began.
13 “Surprise” Attack on Pearl Harbor FDR's Quarantine Speech, Oct. 1937, called for Japan to be “treated like a disease”Economic sanctions designed to stop Japanese war machineTrade treaty with Japan not renewed in January, 1940Aviation fuel, scrap iron, and steel embargoed, September, 1940Japanese assets in American banks frozen, July, 1941Aid to China$125 million lent to China in 1940U.S. fleet to Pearl Harbor in 1940Lend--Lease" extended to China , April, 1941The "Flying Tigers" arrived in China, April, 1941 (Claire Chennault)With Japan's occupation of Indochina in the summer of 1941, FDR froze all Japanese credits in the US, nationalized forces in the Philippines under Gen Douglas MacArthur's command and warned Japan against further aggressive actions in the East.By Oct 1941 signs appeared that Japan might attack an US Pacific possession3 Nov - US Ambassador to Japan, Joseph Grew, warned of a possible attack on US positions, but the general consensus suggested the Philippines, not Hawaii.
14 Entry into the War The Attack Sunday 7 Dec 1941 at 7:55 A.M. Honolulu time19 ships were sunk or disabled, 170 planes lost and 2,403 civilian and military personnel killed and 1,178 wounded.Simultaneous attacks on Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, Midway Islands and on British forces at Hong Kong.That evening Japan officially declared war on the US8 Dec - FDR asked Congress to declare war on JapanSenateHouse , lone dissenter vote, Jeannette Rankin (R-MT), who had voted no to war in WW I, making her the only person to vote against both11 Dec - Under the terms of the Tripartite Pact, Germany and Italy declared war on the US. Reciprocated w/o debate in Congress.19 Dec - Military conscription was extended to all men aged
16 The [Socialist] Wartime Economy War Resources Board (1939):To allocate resources for productionInefficient and slowOffice of Production Management: William Knudsen of GM and Sidney Hillman of CIO.War Production Board (1942)Regulated the use of raw materialsInefficiency and big profits hurt US production1/2 of factory production went into war materials.Produced twice as many goods as all the enemy countries combined.
17 The [Socialist] Wartime Economy Office of Price Administration (1941). Designed to control inflation by:fixing priceshigh taxes—Corporate taxes set at 40%.Taxes raised 46% of the cost of the warmillion filed tax returnsin million!selling war bondsencouraging Victory Gardens
18 The [Socialist] Wartime Economy Office of Economic Stabilization of the Office of Price Administration (OPA)Replaced all other agenciesComplete control of the economySolved America's production problemsFroze prices and rents at March 1942 levelsRationingCertificate Plan: buy cars, tires, typewriters, etc.:Coupon Plan: more widely used. Family issued book of coupons for the purchase of meat, coffee, sugar, gas, etc.Anti-inflation measures successfulWWI cost of living up 170%WWII was less than 29%Beginning of National Debt1941 = $49 billion; 1945 = $259 billion2/5 was pay as we go; 3/5 was borrowedNew Deal + WWII = "warfare welfare" state.
24 The Role of Minorities During World War II African-Americans Mexican-Americans Native Americans
25 Minorities in the Armed Services African Americans- 1,000,000+. Segregated units and did not see much front-line action.Mexican Americans- 500,000 Saw a lot of front-line action. 1/10 of the population of Los Angeles, yet accounted for 1/5 of the casualties.Native Americans- 25,000 By enlisting, they were able to leave reservations. Code talkers.Asian Americans - 46,000 Many Asians became spies and translators
26 Minorities in the Armed Services Why did they fight?Most minorities determined their lives would be worse if under Axis Powers’ control. Germany, Italy, and Japan were more racist than the United States.U.S. increasingly tolerant of racial differences.Many minorities saw their commitment to the US war effort as a means to the end of equality.Propaganda works
27 African-Americans: Tuskegee Airmen "A couple of our fighters rescued acrippled bomber and brought them back tobase. The bomber's flight crew came overto look us up and when the pilotdiscovered there was nothing but blackfaces, he turned around and walkedaway.""We shared the sky with white pilots, butthat's all we shared. We never had contactwith each other. German prisoners livedbetter than black servicemen...and theGermans treated us better than theAmericans did. Our service is somethingthat just never got into history books. Itwas just ignored."--Joseph Gomer
28 African-Americans & Civil Rights During WWII, massive migration of Blacks to industrial centers.Competition for scarce resources (e.g. housing) & tension in the workplace.Blacks struggled against racismMany whites rallied to the defense of the minoritiesMass Violence plagued 47+ citiesDetroit Race Riot June, 1943Detroit's population had grown by 350,000 since 19416,000 federal troops needed to restore order$2 million in property damage25 blacks dead, 9 whites; 433 wounded
29 African-Americans & Civil Rights A. Philip Randolph, President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car PortersAfrican-Americans excluded from well-paying jobs in war-related industries.Randolph made three demands of the presidentEqual access to defense jobsDesegregation of the armed forcesEnd to segregation in federal agenciesMarch on Washington Movement -- Randolph proposed a black March on Washington in 1941 if his conditions were not met.
30 African-Americans: A. Philip Randolph FDR issued Executive Order 8802 in June, 1941 stablishing the Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC) to investigate violations in defense industries.FDR did not agree to other two demandsRandolph canceled the MarchResult: Gov’t agencies, job training programs, and defense contractors ended segregationRandolph dubbed “Father of the Civil Rights movement"
31 African-Americans & Civil Rights Congress of Racial Equality (1942): est by Chicagoan James Farmer- nonviolent action to promote better race relations and end discrimination.Most minorities came home to pre-war racial segregation.NAACP grows from 50,000 before the war, to 500,000 by war’s end
32 Black Nurses preparing to land in Greenock, Scotland. August 15, 1944
35 Mexican-Americans Zoot Suit Riots L.A (1943) Zoot Suit Riots L.A (1943)Young Mexican-Americans became object of frequent violent attacks in LA.Sailors on leave roamed streets beating "zooters," tearing their clothes, cutting their hair.War Frauds Division got an injunction forbidding one shop to sell any of the 800 zoot suits in stock. Claiming that the shopkeeper had contributed to "hoodlumismRadio reports blamed zooters but a city committee under Earl Warren revealed the truth and need for improved housing.
37 Mexican Americans The Bracero Program – 1942 During the war, the need for increased farm production led to a U.S. government policy for short-term work permits tobe issued to Mexican workersIt was a dirty, miserable job that gave real meaningto the term "backbreaking" labor. The work wasdone with two "instruments of horror" designed bythe devil, according to one worker. One was theinfamous "short shoe," which had a handle twelveto eighteen inches long. A regular long-handledhoe could have been used, but it was consideredharmful to the plants. With the short hoe, there wasless margin for error. However, the modified hoerequired the user to work in a bent over positionand crawl along the dusty rows of beets for ten ortwelve hours a day. At the end of the shift, it wasnearly impossible to stand up straight. For youngbodies, it eventually meant assuming a partiallystooped position and suffering painful backachesfor life. The other tool, more rightly called aweapon, resembled a razor-sharp machete with amean, semi-curved, three or four-inch hook rivetedon the end. Working at breakneck speed to pick upthe beet with the hook and slice off the top in oneswing was dangerous work. It was rare to meet abetabelero (beet worker) who had not lost a fingeror did not bear the scars of his trade. DECADE OF BETRAYAL, Francisco E. Balderrama and Raymond Rodríguez, University of New Mexico Press, 1995.
38 Native Americans-The Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific between-Navajo language’s extreme complexity made it perfect for “code talk.”-As of 1945 about540 Navajos, out of about 50,000 tribe members, served as Marines.
40 Japanese [American] Internment Background: 1942 was a critical year for Allied powers.Japan controlled SE Asia and most of ChinaGermany controlled W. Europe, N. Africa, and were deep inside USSR.23 Feb - Oil refinery near Santa Barbara, CA was shelled by Japanese sub.June Japan occupied Aleutian Islands, Attu and KiskaJapanese troops on US soil had great psychological effects for Japan and US
41 Japanese [American] Internment 29 Feb To counter fears of a Japanese invasion, FDR authorized EO 9066 removing Japanese-Americans from the Pacific coast states.FDR authorized the War Dept. to declare the West Coast a "war theater".110,000 forcibly interned.1/3 were Issei -- foreign born2/3 were Nisei -- American born usually too young to voteGiven 48 hours to dispose of their belongings. Most families left most stuff behind.
42 Japanese [American] Internment Camps in desolate areasConditions harsh, yet many remained loyal to US17,600 Nisei fought in US Army.Relocation became "necessary" when other states would not accept Japanese residents from CAAlthough gov’t considered relocation of Germans and Italians, the Japanese were the only ethnic group singled out by the gov’t for action.
43 Japanese [American] Internment 8 March 42 - War Relocation Authority created. General John DeWitt organized removal of people of Japanese ancestry to 10 locations in 7 states
46 Japanese [American] Internment Supreme Court upheld internmentHirabayashi v. US - 21 June unanimously upheld internment citing the authority to wage war successfully.Could not second-guess military decisionsCourt also ruled that persons couldn’t be held once loyalty was established.Korematsu v. US - 18 Dec to 3 upheld the exclusion of the Japanese from the West Coast (a military decision).FYI: The rulings of the US Supreme Court in the Korematsu and Hirabayashi cases, specifically in its expansive interpretation of government powers in wartime, have yet to be overturned.
47 Japanese [American] Internment $105 mil of farmland lost$500 mil in yearly income; unknown personal savings.No act of sabotage was ever proven against any Japanese-AmericanCamps closed in March, 19461988, President Reagan officially apologized for its actions and approved in principle the payment of reparations to camp survivors totaling $1.25 billion.In 1990 Congress appropriated funds to pay $20,000 to each internee.
49 Women in WWIIMore than 5 million women joined the labor force during the war, often moving to new communities to find jobs in the aircraft, munitions, and automobile industries.Propaganda campaigns workedFilms characterized "Rosie the Riveter" as an American heroineWomen’s magazines and newspapers discussed the suitability of women’s smaller hands for "delicate" tasks.
50 Women in WWIIWomen’s increased wages from jobs in industry helped to swell family incomes and pave the way for postwar consumer demand.Despite these gains, in 1945 an average woman’s pay was still less than 2/3 that of a male workerAt war’s end, pressures increased on women to return to homemaking rather than to stay in the work force.
51 Women Airforce Service Pilots WASP To free male pilots for combat roles by employing qualified female pilots on missions such as ferrying aircraft from factories to military bases, and towing drones and aerial targets25,000+ women applied for WASP service, less than 1,900 accepted.After completing four months of military flight training, 1,078 of them earned their wings and became the first women in history to fly American military aircraft.No gunnery training and very little formation flying and acrobatics38 WASP fliers died—11 in training and 27 on active duty
68 Developing the BombsOffice of Scientific Research and Development was established by executive order with J. Robert Oppenheimer as chief scientistPrimary purpose to coordinate the American effort to develop radar, proximity fuses, sonar against submarines…and an atomic bomb.1 May 43 - Development of the atomic bomb was transferred to the US Army and placed in the care of a unit known as the "Manhattan Project" for security reasons.16 July 45 - First atomic bomb, code named Trinity, was exploded in Alamogordo, NM
69 Dropping the BombsAt the Potsdam conference, Allies demanded the unconditional surrender of Japan26 July - The Allies warned Japan that they must surrender or face sudden destruction from a newly developed weapon.29 July - Japan formally rejected the Allied demandWhen realizing a land assault on mainland Japan would likely result in untold 1000s of Allied casualties, Truman's decided:Revenge for Pearl Harbor “sneak attack”To speed up the end of the war without thousands of Allied casualtiesTo serve as a warning to the Soviet Union of US power
70 Dropping the Bombs6 Aug - An atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima resulting in over 70,000 dead and 110,000 wounded or missing8 Aug - USSR declared war on Japan, 90 days after VE Day9 Aug - A second bomb dropped on Nagasaki - 80,000 casualties.1/7 of victims were Korean conscript workers10 Aug - Japan surrendered asking to let emperor Hirohito keep his throne.14 Aug - Japan accepted the Allied terms of surrender and its troops in Korea surrendered to the Soviets above the 38th parallel and to Allied forces below it.15 Aug - VJ Day was declared.