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America’s response to preparing for World War II was the most incredible mobilization of an economy ever seen in the history of the United States. As a result to the war, millions of jobs opened up, the industrial productivity skyrocketed and corporate profits doubled even after taxes. It seemed that the country had truly come together to help with the war effort during World War II. The homefront of America in World War II supported the war effort in many ways, which included the acceptance of government-managed rationing, price controls and a wide range of volunteer efforts from the American public. The American public contributed to the war effort by spreading propaganda through entertainment, moving into the active labor force and rationing their resources. The home front of American did play a huge role into assisting America with the war effort, leading us to victory.The labor market changed drastically. Peacetime conflicts with respect to race and labor completely changed because of the priority of nation’s unity. The entertainment industry was very important for propaganda. For example, in Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms he made four different posters, hence the Four Freedoms. The first image displays sleeping children in a bed, with their parents tucking them in with the description, saying that our fight is for freedom from fear. The second image displays a family having Thanksgiving dinner, saying our fight is for freedom from want. The third image displays a man with high and prominent stature, saying save freedom of speech. The last image displays the American public praying, saying save freedom of worship. The meaning of these posters are to display what the American public possesses and a reason to fight (Doc.F). It displays very happy and nice images to gain sympathy from the American public so they are enticed to assist America into fighting the war. Every aspect of life from politics to personal savings changed when America began mobilizing for war. The hours of work put in increases greatly and time spent on leisure, recreational activities decreased. In a U.S. Office of War Information issued poster it says, “Our Food Is Fighting” and “Plant a Victory Garden”(Doc.G). A Victory Garden is a garden specifically filled with vegetables and fruits that the people harvest with the purpose that goes to the military which fuels them and keeps them fed to fight the war. The American public planted many of these gardens to assist the soldiers fighting in World War II. Also lots of clothing, meat, and gasoline were rationed, which decreased the amount of driving in the U.S. The production of certain goods, like new houses, cars, anything that used up natural war resources were banned until the war ended. As clearly shown and seen, many sacrifices were made by the American public in order to contribute to World War II.Tens of millions of workers moved from low to high paying jobs in the industrial field. Also, millions of the unemployed, students, retirees, and housewives, people who don’t usually work industrial jobs moved into the active labor force. This also included African Americans, Mexican Americans, minorities who would usually be stuck with the low end jobs took up high end jobs due to the drafting of many white young men. Women also joined the workforce to replace men who had been drafted to fight the war. Roosevelt stated, “The efforts of civilians at home to support the war through personal sacrifice is critical to winning the war as the efforts of the soldiers themselves.” “Rosie the Riveter” became a symbol of women working in manufacturing. The war effort brought about significant changes in the role of women in society as a whole which was the complete opposite of the male breadwinner ideal. An example can be seen in a photo named, “World War II Ration Book(1942)” in which a war ration book is being made out to a female with the name of Barbara J Kellog. This means that rations were not only sent to men, but also to women too. Barbara represents the people who were segregated in the military at the time for being a different gender or race. This proves that Women too were recognized for helping out in the war as she is being given the ability to take war rations to continue helping out in the war effort (Doc.I).  Minorities too fought in the war directly, taking down enemy planes, assisting in beating the Axis Powers. An example can be seen in a specific photograph called “photograph of Tuskgegee Airman Lt. C.D. “Lucky” Lester (1944)” (Doc.H). Lucky Lester was an African American pilot that was held in high regard for taking out many enemy ships. This is to show that African Americans too helped the war effort as seen as this pilot who is African American, whom was called extremely skilled by his fellow pilots too helped take down enemy aircraft. He was called “Lucky” by his buddies because his plane remained undamaged even when he shot-down three enemy planes – in less than five minutes – on July 18, 1944. That is how the war affected Americans who were different and segregated.The industry needed to fund a global war on two fronts which was handicapped by a lack of manpower. In addition, many raw materials, such as rubber, nylon, and oil, were in short supply, but due to the sacrifices made by the American public, their rationing has led to the preservation of resources and the industry’s ability to make more and do more for the war effort. The mobilization of funds, people, natural resources and material for the production and supply of military equipment and military forces during World War II was a critical factor for the war effort. During the conflict, the Allies beat the Axis powers in most production categories.This is seen in the graph named, “U.S. War Production 1940-1945″(Doc.K) The United States of America produced about thirty tanks in 1943. The United States of America produced Aircraft more than anything else. The second most thing that the U.S. produced was artillery. The U.S. did not produce many tanks from a span from 1940 to 1945. This graph is to display the increase and decrease in war production in the United States. For example, there was a large spike in the U.S. war production between 1941 and 1942 due to  the mobilization for war. An example of industrial manufacturing assisting in the war effort can be seen in, “A Comparison between Aircraft Production and Losses 1939-1945” (Doc.L). The United States of America made a total of three hundred aircraft, besting every other country in production, and only losing twenty-percent of their aircraft. This was only possible due to all the minorities and women who joined the workforce in order to assist in the war effort. Also, evidence of the great difference of economic costs contributed to the war is seen in “Human and Financial Costs of World War II”(Doc.M). Though the United States did not lose as many people as compared to the Soviet Union, the United States contributed the most economically. The United States of America contributed three hundred and fifty billion dollars into the war, beating every other country in that category. As seen due to the American industry, America contributed the most into the war leading to success and victory for the Allies.The homefront of America which included minorities, women, the industry, and generally the American public did play a huge role into assisting America with the war effort, leading us to victory. The labor market changed drastically introducing new poster of propaganda like the Four Freedoms and Victory Gardens which greatly boosted American Public morale, motivating them to do more and assist the soldiers who are fighting directly in the war. Millions of workers moved from low to high paying jobs in the industrial field. Also, millions of the unemployed, students, retirees, and housewives, people who don’t usually work industrial jobs moved into the active labor force. This included women and minorities which made up the majority of the industrial workforce. The mobilization of funds, people, natural resources and material for the production and supply of military equipment and military forces during World War II was a critical factor for the war effort. The industry, supported greatly by the American public due to their rationing and making up the great majority of their workforce, the industry was able to pump out hundreds of aircraft, artillery and tanks too. This is the role in which America played as a whole to support the war effort, leading us to victory. World War II changed the country, united us for one cause which will lead to have effects on America’s future for the better.

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