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Life on the Home Front

Who Went?
• 21-36 year old males
• Over 16 million men
would serve during the
war
• 25,000 Native Americans
• 300,000 Mexican
Americans
• 1 million African
Americans
• 350,000 women
• However, many served in
segregated units
What was the Home Front?
• The war would be won or lost based upon
America’s ability to wage war:
• Military production
• Money
• Sacrifice
• Support
• Total war
Government Controls
• War information
Board
• Propaganda
• War Production
Board
• Controlled
resources
• Office of War
Mobilization
• Production goals
What were some of the Victory
efforts?
• Victory Gardens
• Propaganda
• Rationing/recycling
• Paying for the war
through war bonds
What were new roles for Women?
• Women needed in
industry to replace
workers serving in
military
• Women needed to
meet production goals
• Women allowed to
enter new jobs
What was internment?
• American citizens of
Japanese, German
and Italian Decent
• Forced to leave
homes and live in
camps
• 120,000 Japanese
2/3 were citizens
Compare WWII and current
conflict in War in Iraq
• What is America currently experiencing on the
home front?

• How does this compare to World War II?

• Why do you think things are different?

• Could anything like internment happen now?