Life on the Homefront -- WWII

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Life on the Homefront -- WWII

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Life on the U.S. Homefront

The role of women in America changed drastically over the course of the war. In 1943, women made up sixty-five percent of the U.S. aircraft industry, compared to just one percent in the pre-war years. Also, for the first time, about 350,000 women joined the Armed Services, serving in America and abroad with the encouragement of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Life on the American homefront can be summed up in one word: sacrifice. A rationing program was put into place during the spring of 1942 that limited the amount of food, gas and clothing people could buy. Americans were also encouraged to buy war bonds, debt securities issued by a government to finance military operations. Also, as an alternate choice to rationing, people planted "victory gardens", where they grew their own food.

In 1945, over 20 million victory gardens were being used, and produced about 40 percent of all vegetables consumed in America


During World War II, many propaganda posters were released to convince people to buy war bonds and grow victory gardens, give people false optimism, warn them against "careless talk", and had anti-German, anti-Italian, and anti-Japanese themes.


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