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World War II

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World War II

By: Akhil Rayasam
, Sameer, Haniyur, Matthew Zheng, and Yash Dalvi Food Health Education Clothing Communication Main forms of entertainment included phones, radios, and television. The radio was invented during the 1920s, and was used by the Navy to keep updated about what is going out on the sea.It was also used by the civilians, who used it to keep on the news, like how its going on the battlegrounds, and the weather The phone was also really popular. In the 1930s, 15,000,000 phone were sold, but while in the 1948s, approximately 30,000,000 phones were sold. Entertainment Military Transportation During World War 2 limited food was allocated in limited quantity to the Americans . The items limited to the people were sugar, milk, meat, cheese, rice, coffee, tea, eggs, jam and other goods. The rationing system was introduced in 1942. World War 2 had resulted in scarcity of goods. The U.S Government introduced food rationing system so that people of all low and high income groups were able to get food for their everyday living. This system helped the poor people a lot. The rich people could have used their money to get the food items. During World War 2 farming and Industrial development was at a very slow speed. The rationing ended in 1946. During the 1940s, there were many forms of entertainment. Some included the newsreel, music, radio, Orchestras and bands, hopscotch, comedies, art, and soap operas. The newsreel contained mini short, usually 10 minute long movies. they were about war, dramas, comedies, animations, mysteries and westerner movies. Many of the people listened to music. They were war based, or just simply band or orchestra music. The main type of entertainment was the radio. About every single person in the U.S. had a radio in their houses, which they listened to.
People depended on the radio for their daily information. (US) (Art) Fancy clothing was rare during the 1940's, thanks to rationing of materials during World War II. As a matter of fact, some people only had one suit or jacket, and they ended up using it until it tore. This was all caused by the economic crisis at the time. Women's shoes were made of cork. Only advantage of this was that women could walk longer distances without sore feet. ("The People History"). At the same time, a new infamous piece of clothing had evolved, called the "zoot suit". It consisted of a hat, a coat, and "baggy pants". Although this visually might have looked nice, it wasted major amounts of war materials when manufactured. African Americans took advantage of the suits and used them as a "banner of style and wealth", since their particular race was treated poor at the time. ("Shmoop University"). This sparked a lot of controversy over the suit. Men who could not afford an entire suit managed with a half-sweater over a full-sleeve shirt for weekend activities. ("Olds") The U.S.A entered the war when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. People in United States, Especially Texas took part in World War 2. They were eager to take part in the Military. Not only men, but women also served in the military. Texan second Battalion, and thirty-sixth infantry Division fought bravely during World War 2. The Texans fought in the war on horseback. The Cavalry usually mounted on horses. There main goal was to do defensive operations. It ended with the unconditional surrender of the Axis powers. Germany surrendered on May 7th to the Western Allies, and May 8th to the Soviet Union, 1945, about a week after Adolf Hitler had committed suicide. On August 15, 1945 Japan surrendered because the U.S. dropped an atom bomb, a nuclear bomb capable of producing mass destruction, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with the surrender documents finally signed aboard the deck of the American battleship USS Missouri on September 2, 1945, ending the war. Health was a major issue during World War II. Soldiers died more from disease than from combat. Due to lack of cleanliness and sterile water, people and soldiers suffered from contagious diseases and deadly parasites. ("The History Channel Video") Since soldiers weren't aware of the dangers of chemical and nuclear warfare at the time, they didn't take proper precautions by wearing safety gear or following a protocol. This caused many casualties from chemical leaks and in a few cases, nuclear radiation. Even today, former soldiers suffer from Alzheimer's, heart disease, and cancer. The the threat has been existing for these veterans for the past 60 years. However, back then, people suffered from more fatal diseases than today. These illnesses included hepatitis, tuberculosis, and rheumatic fever. Most of these diseases don't exist today. (U.S) By the beginning of World War 2, technological advances were helping the air travel industry to finally become a real transportation option in the U.S. The Douglas DC-3 was used for Air Mail services and was the first profitable airliner. It could seat 21 people and could fly across the U.S. with only three stops. It was so popular that by 1941, 80% of commercial airplanes were DC-3's.The DC-3 was a land plane, which meant it could not be used for intercontinental flights. Huge flying-boats, like the Double-Decker Boeing 314, were used instead. It was very expensive to travel by flying-boats, and so was only used by government officials and the rich. All this changed during that time, because of the war, and air transportation grew rapidly soon after.(Ten minutes). World War 2 united Americans against racism and facism. Many experts believed that they should teach kids about democracy, and good values in schools. They saw a great oppurtunity to change the school system in the country and teach democratic and antiracist values to school-going children. A group of women educators were one of the first to try to define the responsibilities of schools in a country at war. This happened immediately after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. They asked the schools to, "Guarantee for all children adequate protection, intelligent participation, and balanced perspective." They advocated an end to segregation and encouraged democratic ideololgy. In 1941, The Lanham Act was passed, which provided post secondary education assistance to almost 8 million people who served in World War 2. (World War 2)
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