Summary: Trace America's Response To World War II

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World War II: Unit 7 Essays 1. Trace America’s response to the growing threat of World War II. Thesis: As World War II broke out in Europe, the United States supplied the ally forces with military and economic aid in order to achieve victory. The United States has always been a country full of Isolationists. Isolationism is the act of isolating a country from other country’s affairs. Interventionists on the other hand, try to influence something that’s not under their control. They’re the complete opposite of Isolationists and if there was any chance of the United States going to war, they were all for it! Their goal was to maintain order internationally, even if it was not their business. However, in the early stages of WWII, the…show more content…
The United States sprang into action and began the preparations needed for War. Thanks to the Selective Service System, a mandatory system that drafted young American men into the military, the United States almost had their troops ready to be deployed. But the soldiers alone could not win this war; they needed help from citizens living on the Home Front. Americans began to mobilize in a struggle to meet the quotas given by the War Production Board. The War Production Board set quotas on products needed in the War. Eager to meet these quotas, factories were converted from everyday items like shoelaces, to weapon construction factories. These weapons and products were continually shipped out on Liberty Ships built by Henry Kaiser. Henry Kaiser was a shipbuilder who produced ships at record times. Some say that he built a ship in four days! He made a major contribution to the War effort and was one of the reasons the United Sates won the war. As the war continued, resources were limited and people were forced to take part in the system of Rationing. This system was run by the Office of Price Administration whose goal was to allocate scarce resources to maximize war efforts. Since there was so much stress put on the public food supply during this time, gardens planted in private residences and public parks, known as…show more content…
Discriminant attitudes were shown against women and especially other races. Society and its attitudes began to change as the war progressed. There were too many jobs and not enough men to work them so as a result, working women were introduced to the work force and the icon Rosie the Riveter was created. Rosie promoted the women to come and join the work force and destroyed the idea that only men were capable of working. Once women were introduced into the factories, the discrimination started. Men referred to the women as “lipsticks” and had the idea that women weren’t cut out to do a man’s job. As time passed on, more and more jobs were opened for women, and the WAAC was created. The WAAC (Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps) was an organization that allowed women to fly new planes from the factory to the military base. Even though women weren’t allowed to fly in the military quite yet, this was still a huge leap for women’s equality. In addition to revamping the economy, the war triggered one of the greatest mass migrations in U.S. History. Families whose families lived in one place for decades suddenly left to find work elsewhere. African Americans left the cities in the South for cities in the North, but still couldn’t escape the horror of racism. Racism against blacks was still alive. Inspirational African American men such as A. Philip Randolph and James Farmer created and led movements that made
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