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8 WWII Homefront
Transcript of 8 WWII Homefront
Americans at home supported the war by conserving and rationing resources.
Americans were encouraged to grow
and can as much as they could. The food from farms was needed for the war effort.
How did the events of WWII alter society?
Thousands of American women took jobs in defense plants during the war.
Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home.
Japanese Internment Camps
Over 127,000 United States citizens of Japanese descent were imprisoned during World War II. Despite the lack of any concrete evidence, Japanese Americans were suspected of remaining loyal to their ancestral land. ANTI-JAPANESE PARANOIA increased because of a large Japanese presence on the West Coast.
Native Americans faced prejudices like other nationalities during this time period, but during the war, they were able to make progress by becoming code talkers. Since the language is unknown to other countries, Navajo Code Talkers could pass secret messages for the Allies with little fear of their code being broken.
WWII ended the Great Depression due to factories and workers being needed to produce goods to win the war. This need created much needed jobs.
Propaganda was crucial to the war effort. Like in WWI, propaganda was used to get young men to enlist, to get citizens to conserve, to encourage everyone to help however they could, and to get women to work in factories. Along with posters, movies began showing pro-war news reels along with pro-war themed movies.
"I can" Statement
I can explain how the events of WWII altered society.
Zoot Suit Riots
Baggy “zoot suits” were popular among Latino young men and African Americans.
The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of violent clashes during which mobs of U.S. servicemen, off-duty police officers and civilians brawled with young Latinos and other minorities in Los Angeles. The June 1943 riots took their name from the baggy suits worn by many minority youths during that era, but the violence was more about racial tension than fashion.