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WWII Housewives Report for Duty World War II WWII changed America in many ways It changed the nations consciousness thoughts and ideas These changes were the result of soldiers going over seas to fight as well as women working outside of the home as a service to their country WWII gave birth to a new nation forever changing the roles of women in the United States It changed the nation and the identities of its people These changes would live in men and womens hearts long after the victorious end of the war Mothers wives sisters and sweethearts obligingly did their duty by writing letters to loved ones fighting for freedom overseas They attended dances and talked to lonely soldiers but many wanted to help the war effort in a more productive way For countless women the war was a time to gain strength independence and mobility a time to earn money which most had never done before As more husbands fathers and brothers left to fight the enemy problems arose due to the reduction of people in the workforce One day the world was at peace mired in depression and split over the question of foreign intervention The next the United States was at war Economic growth accelerated and the public united behind the war effort Bard 172 The military needed vast amounts of equipment artillery and weapons to fight the war Factories were ordered to stop the production of peacetime products to produce wartime products Bard reports that President Roosevelt FDR ordered the country to manufacture 300000 aircraft 86000 tanks 76000 ships 26 million machine guns and 40 billion bullets 173 The production of wartime resources caused the national debt to rise from 49 million in 1941 to 259 billion in 1945 Bard 172 The demand for wartime materials increased the need for defense workers and the spirited housewives on the home front stepped in to take over a number of traditionally male
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