Usii. 7a + 7b Changes in American Policy and Major Events of wwii key

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War on the Home Front - KEY
Central Themes

World War II affected every aspect of American life.

Americans were asked to make sacrifices in support of the war effort and the ideals for which Americans fought.

  • American involvement in World War II brought an end to the Great Depression. Factories and workers were needed to produce goods to win the war.

  • Thousands of American women took jobs in defense plants during the war (e.g., Rosie the Riveter).

  • Americans at home supported the war by conserving and rationing resources.

  • The need for workers temporarily broke down some racial barriers (e.g., hiring in defense plants), although discrimination against African Americans continued.

  • While many Japanese Americans served in the armed forces, others were treated with distrust and prejudice, and many were forced into internment camps.

Discussion Questions

How did Americans at home support the war effort?

What effect did the war have on race relations in America?

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