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America from WWII to the Cold War,1940-1949
The Home Front
Origins of Cold War
Government and the War
17. American Mobilization for WWII: Robert Patterson: Mobilization Master
by Ryan Leou
...em up. None of the tons of equipment, ammunition, manpower, or supplies would have been available to the military had it not been for the efforts of the Assistant, Under Secretary, then Secretary of War, Robert Patterson. Robert Patterson was a unique man; a soldier, lawyer, judge, and eventually high government official. Patterson is described as “entirely self-possessed and sturdily incorruptible…”1, a testament to his character which made his nomination to the War Department...
18. Economic Changes during the War: United States Economy Before, During, and After World War II
by Amy Hu
...ity- an impossible feat for a country of such foreign importance. After being forced into the war, America experienced a period of economic prosperity due to the high demand for military production. The war completely altered America’s economy by its “establishment of the U.S. mixed economy.”1 Mark Harrison’s publication of The Economics of World War II: Six Great Powers in International Comparison explains that in the United States’ mixed economy, the dominating fa...
19. Propaganda and the War: The Subliminal Nation
by Jason Fong
...aganda was crucial to both the Allied and Axis powers to motivate both soldiers and citizens to devote themselves to the war effort. With the start of the Second World War, the war of ideas was also incepted, causing all forms of media to promote censorship and propagation to citizens. The war of ideas was the struggle between the ideologies and beliefs of the Allied and Axis powers. Books As Weapons: Propaganda, Publishing, and the Battle for Global Markets in the Era of World War II is John B....
20. Rationing and Price controls: Sacrificing Food on the Home Front
by Heran Patel
...e battlefront. Food rationing called people to sacrifice luxury food items such as meat and sugar in order to feed the soldiers in Europe. This method, first used by the British, was used by the U.S. to supply the demand that was brought about by World War II. Food rationing gave the people on the home front a sense of democracy and support for the war. Not only did food rationing help the soldiers, but it also helped the Americans on the home front by providing a sense of involvement in the war...
21. Women during WWII: How Much Did Rosie Really Do?
by olivia wang
...omen's suffrage movement, females were garnering attention in the public eye for their participation in the war effort. However, this surprising change in the actions of women does not necessarily reflect a change in their viewpoints, goals, and personal motivations. Though the era seemed to be provide women with different spheres of work and lifestyles, conventional ideologies considering women altered very little throughout the war years. In her book Women at War with America, D'Ann Campbell e...
22. Blacks during WWII: World War II: The Black's Track to Freedom
by Nick Bersebach
...ehouse’s, Fighting in the Jim Crow Army. In her book she, “illustrates the crucial link between World War II and what has sometimes been referred to as the Second Civil War.”1 The Second Civil War refers to the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, which was inspired by many influential African-Americans including Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Neil Wynn’s, The African American Experience during World War II takes a look at the African-American on the home fr...
23. Japanese Internment: They Had the Face, Not the Mind of the Enemy
by Leslie Park
...ericans who had arrived on the shores of America’s West Coast in the late 19th century. Their children were “Nisei”, second generation Japanese Americans. Their grandchildren were “Sansei”, third generation Japanese Americans. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Nisei and Sansei started the redress movement. They first achieved success with federal responses in the 1970s with the creation of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Citi...
24. Latinos during WWII: Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riot in Wartime L.A
by Erin Costes
...f American history, racism has always been haunting the lives of countless people. Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riot in Wartime L.A. is a book that provides a more modern look at the struggles of Latinos who were discriminated and judged for things as simple as the clothing they wore, also known as the “Zoot suit.” In Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon, Eduardo Obregon Pagan delves into the roots of the battle of racism versus pride during this time of disunity and irr...
25. American Jews in WWII: The Jewish Identity in Crisis
by Steven Friedland
...s the culmination of decades of rising antagonism in the form of anti-Semitism, both at home, and abroad. Henry Feingold describes the events leading up to this powder keg in his volume of The Jewish People in America – A Time for Searching: Entering the Mainstream 1920-1945, tracing the initial “signals of unwelcome” during the Roaring Twenties, detailing the burgeoning hostilities toward the Jewish people socially and politically, developing what some would describe the &ldqu...
26. Demographic changes during WWII: The Shaping of a Region by War
by Humzah Iqbal
...changes that were brought about in America, particularly in California. Marilynn S. Johnson focuses on these changes in her book The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II. However, she "moves beyond the structural dynamics of wartime cities to explore the human dimension of the war experience as well."1 She discusses the general state of the East Bay before the war, then delves into detail about the influx of migrants as a result of the war. Johnson then concludes ...
27. Hollwood and WWII: An escape into Hollywood and Cinema
by Briana Perera
...hension. Nick Smedley, in his most recent work, A Divided Nation, explores the ability of film to offer an escape in times of terror, become a mouthpiece for national sentiment, and be an influential art that has the power to revolutionize public perspective. Smedley grasps the reality of Hollywood’s critique of society, and its capacity to challenge widely accepted assumptions. Scott Macaulay, contemporary film director, producer, and editor affirms that notion in The Wall Street Journal:...
28. Sports and WWII: When War Starts does Sports End?
by Amanda Solorio
...ven women during the war played a part between playing sports and taking men’s jobs in the factory. Also, women would get to make a softball league and show that even girls could play sports. While in war, soldiers had to feel safe from any outsiders so they would ask the GIs questions about baseball that any American would know. Even though, many men were enlisting for war some would stay back to keep playing sports and work in factories that supported the war. But other men enlisted righ...