Unit 5 Class Notes- imperialism and wwi american Expansionism

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Mass Production- Able-bodied men and women were not the only provisions needed to wage battle. The U.S. would need to find a way to transport men, food, and equipment over U-boat soaked Atlantic. In order to expand its fleet and protect their cargo of war machine, the Washington took four crucial steps.

  • Ensure enough shipbuilders to meet the demands of production

  • Promote the importance of shipyard work

    • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined in a public relations campaign to emphasize the importance of doc work

    • Distributed service flags to families of shipyard workers, like the flags given to families of soldiers and sailors.

    • Urged automobile owners to give shipyard employees rides to and from work, to ease the crowding of mass transit.

  • Used fabrication techniques to speed production

    • Standardized pared were built in factories, then the ships would be assembled in the yard, drastically reducing the time it took to complete ships.

  • The government took over commercial and private ships, converting them for war use

America Turns the Tide

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