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Rationing in the United States
Transcript of Rationing in the United States
By Makaela Riggs
What is rationing?
Rationing is allowing each person to have only a fixed amount of material. The government didn't want people to take all the food meant for the soldiers, so they used ration coupons.
Why did the U.S. use this in WWII?
Rationing was used to limit the use of personal consumption. The prices went up because goods were sent to war. Therefore, only the wealthy could afford things. So, ration coupons were made so people can get items.
What kinds of items were rationed?
Sugar, tea, fruit, oil, rubber, wood, butter, paper, and meat were all rationed along with many more.
How did government enforce/track your rations?
All the coupons were kept in a ration book. It was a disaster to lose it because you would have no way to get resources.
What were Victory Gardens? How did they help with rationing?
Planting Victory Gardens helped make sure that there was enough food for our
soldiers fighting around the world. By 1944, Victory Gardens were responsible for producing 40% of all vegetables grown in the U.S. Because canned vegetables were rationed, victory gardens helped people get fresh produce without ration coupons.
A ration book was given to people so they may get produce and resources. All the coupons were kept in a ration book. It was a disaster to lose it because you would have no way to get resources except for victory gardens.
What happened to the speed limit in the U.S? Why?
A nationwide speed limit of 35 miles per hour on highways was enforced to save wear on tires.
What was the effect of rationing?
Rationing made sure that the soldiers get enough food for the war.
Extra Info and Webliography
“Food will win the war” compelled people to avoid wasting precious groceries. “Meatless Monday's” and “Wheatless Wednesdays” encouraged Americans to voluntarily modify their eating habits.