Effect of World War II on America

Topics: United States, World War II, White American Pages: 3 (1112 words) Published: May 13, 2013
DBE #2
Angelique Gonzalez
Hai Nguyen
History 17b
Wednesday 6:05- 9pm

During the world war two, many people were affected and not only in a good way but some in very bad ways, it was definetly a wakeup call for many of the minorities in America that no matter what they did for their country they still would not be seen as equal. In the 2nd world war America tried its hardest to stray from going back into war they did this by practicing isolationism(neutrality) and also through Neutrality acts that banned travel of belligerents ships and the sale of arms to countries at war, they hoped to avoid the same conflicts that brought them into the 1st world war. Although they tried to stay Neutral, ofcourse like the last time, there was alot to eventually push them back into war even when most of America was against it. In Doc #11 “There can be no objection to any hand our government may take which strives to bring peace to the world so long as that hand does not tie 130,000,000 people into another world death march....We reach now a condition on all fours with that prevailing just before our plunge into the European war in 1917. Will we blindly repeat that futile venture? Can we easily forget that we won nothing we fought for then--that we lost every cause declared to be responsible for our entry then?” This document shows the struggle they had in convincing America that even though they did not want to go to war they had to.

In order to mobilize for the 2nd World War the government started taxing everyone more, gave workers more jobs so that they could build 1 ship everyday and a plane every 5 minutes and the auto factories produced trucks,tanks,and jeeps for the army. The workers had higher pay and overtime pay. Over 6 million women also started to work and over 350,000 served in the war itself. Many minority Americans were excited that the government was giving out more jobs and many people had moved over just to work and provide for their men that...
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