Describe the impact on US society and work during the war years

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By the late 1930s, the US was still dealing with the Great Depression, and conflict was intensifying between powers in Europe and between Japan and its neighbors in Asia. At first, isolationist sentiments prevailed, but eventually the US entered the conflict. Besides developments of the overseas conflict, the next few years of a “war economy” had an enormous impact on the nature of work and the workforce that left a lasting legacy.

Choose and discuss one of the following two topics related to the American experiences in World War II:

    • Identify the source(s) where you read about the New Deal responses.
    • In the period 1940-1945, the US would go into a “war economy” that dramatically impacted the American economy and society.
      • Give two examples of changes during the “war economy” period
      • Describe the impact on US society and work during the war years
      • Taking the long term view, explain ways our society is different due to the wartime experiences.
      • Identify the source(s) where you read these changes during World War II.