The United States prepares for World War II (Americans Join the War Effort…
The United States prepares for World War II
Americans Join the War Effort
Selective Service and the GI
The Selective Service System expanded the draft and eventually provided another 10 million soldiers to meet the armed forces’ needs.
Recruiting and Discrimination
African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans faced discrimination and problems with the war.
Expanding the Military
Under the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps bill, women volunteers would serve in noncombat positions.
Despite the discrimination and controversies, minorities contributed greatly to the war.
The Federal Government Takes Control
The government took control of the economy to keep the front line supplied and well.
Most Americans accepted rationing as a personal contribution to the war effort.
A Production Miracle
The Industrial Response
Women and minorities contributed in the factories which provided for the front line.
Factories and shipyards redirected their energy to contribute towards the war effort.
Mobilization of Scientists
The Office of Scientific Research and Development was made to bring scientists into the war effort.