Chapter 14Part 2 of 3 Life in the US during WWII
Battle of Midway This is known as the turning pointof the Pacific theatre. 6 months after Pearl Harbor Most of the fighting took place on June 4th 1942. Japan attack to get rid of America in the Pacific The U.S. lost one carrier vs. Japan losing four. 362 Americans died vs. 3,057 Japanese. It is known as “Midway” because it is midway between Hawaii and Japan. Japan’s industrial strength wasn’t big enough to replace all that was lost… America’s Navy was still growing
Japanese carrier that attacked at Pearl Harbor but was destroyed at Midway
Battle for North Africa The German forces were commanded by General Erwin Rommel whose nickname was “Desert Fox.” The Allied forces were commanded by Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and Gen. George Patton. Fighting began on November 8th 1942 in Morocco. The German’s surrendered on May 13th 1943. Over 275,000 Axis POWs were captured
Battle of the Atlantic German U-boats found American cargo ships to be easy targets along the American coastline because of all the city lights. Americans began dimming their lights at night and driving without headlights. In May and June of 1942 alone, Germany destroyed 1.2 million tons of cargo. New technology like radar, sonar, and depth charges, helped the allies to gain the upper hand in the Atlantic.
Allie Fighter Plane escorting cargo ships to England
US Robin Moor No military equipment on board 9 officers, 30 crew, 10 passengers Stopped by German U-boat and was given 30 minutes to board life boats before sinking the ship 18 days at sea before being rescued
Women In Factories WWII created 19 million new jobs for Americans. With the men serving in combat, women filled the roles in factories. 2.5 million women worked in shipyards, aircraft factories, and other plants. A popular cartoon symbol to hire women was Rosie the Riveter. (see page 501)
Japanese Americans in the US Being a Japanese American was very difficult. February 19th 1942 FDR signed an order that would allow for Japanese Americans to be placed in internment camps. Executive Order 9066 -- Law which basically gives the United States military the right to round up all Japanese Americans and send them to detention centers. These internment camps were just like Jewish concentration camps.
Public/Media goes Anti-Japanese "We're charged with wanting to get rid of the Japs for selfish reasons. We do. It's a question of whether the white man lives on the Pacific Coast or the brown men… If all the Japs were removed tomorrow, we had never miss them in two weeks, because the white farmers can take over and produce everything the Jap grows. And we do not want them back when the war ends, either.” Saturday Evening Post
Fear and Prejudice "I am for the immediate removal of every Japanese on the West Coast to a point deep in the interior. I don't mean a nice part of the interior either. Herd 'em up, pack 'em off and give 'em the inside room in the badlands. Personally, I hate the Japanese. And that goes for all of them.“ Report created for President Roosevelt
Los Angeles Times "A viper is nonetheless a viper whenever the egg is hatched - so a Japanese American, born of Japanese parents - grows up to be a Japanese, not an American."[
Detroit Race Riot of 1943 June 20th, 1943…weather was incredibly hot Nearly 100,000 people went swimming in a park off the Detroit River A group of white and black girls began fighting…the fighting spread Full-scale riot erupted 25 African Americans died….9 whites
Zoot Suit Riots Zoot Suits were worn in protest of the war. Many teenagers and Mexican Americans wore Zoot suits. They had baggy pants, large jacket, and a long key chain. Many large cities banned people from wearing these outfits due to riots and hostility. Zuit Suit Riots in LA were the biggest and most violent
Cutting Back For War Food and products began to be limited to the public. Food Stamps were issued. Blue stamps were for processed food and Red stamps were for meats. Rubber and gasoline were also rationed. The speed limit was set at 35 mph. Victory gardens were established to help raise food for the soldiers.
Factories converting to military production needed every scrap of rubber they could find, and citizens were asked to turn in old tires, raincoats, gloves, garden hoses, and rubber shoes for recycling. New tires became almost impossible to buy, and people tell stories of lining the insides of their tires with newspaper to make them last longer.
Home canning wasn’t restricted, and was encouraged by the government
Women were urged to save waste fat and greases and return them to butchers. The poster on the counter in this photograph announced that the butcher would pay for the fat and sell it to rendering plants so that it could be processed into explosives. Since meats, oils, and butter were all rationed, women had to re-use fat for frying as often as possible before collecting it in a can and turning it in
Paying For The War The government spent $300 billion during WWII. The government raised taxes and issued war bonds. One bond called an “E-bond” sold for $18.75 and could be cashed in after ten years at $25. Victory Gardens were also popular just as they were in WWI.