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American Life on the Homefront during WWII

This list has many resources linked that depict the different aspects of life here in the US during World War II. It has links that cover women in the workforce, rationing, victory gardens, Japanese internment, and other topics.

World War II on the Homefront: Civic Responsibility

This is actually an entire lesson idea, but it includes an awesome reading on life in American during World War II and the beginning and also examples of propaganda.

World War II Rationing on the Homefront - History.com Audio

Watch this video and listen carefully to the woman's responses to the what the two men say. She describes how she plans her meals and why. Also listen to what the men say about why Americans are canning!!

The U.S. Home Front During World War II - World War II - HISTORY.com

This reading on history.com is awesome! It covers the various aspects of American life during World War II. It is very "to the point" on the issues is covers!

Japanese-American Internment [ushistory.org]

This is a short reading on Japanese Internment during World War II in the US. This reading will describe why they were interned, where they were interned, and what life was like in the interment camps.

From Homemaker to Shipbuilder

Women in the Workforce! This reading discusses the various roles women played during WWII. It discusses how womens' roles changed during WWII. Many went to work in factories and took on what was previously considered a man's job

The American Family in World War II

This reading covers not only the hardships of wartime but also discusses how many Americans were excited and happy to help out with the war effort. Those that were left at home were very willing to do whatever they could to support "the boys overseas."

Digital History

This is a reading on the social changes of World War II. It discusses how fashion changed, changes in peoples' views of minority groups, and the evolving role of women's roles at home and in the military.

Revisiting a World War II Internment Camp, as Others Try to Keep Its Story From Fading

I love this resource, it shows the human side of war! Read the article and also watch the moving video. This article/video is about a Japanese internment victim who revisits the internment camp he was placed in many years ago.

Rosie the Riveter: Real Women Workers in World War II

Who doesn't love Rosie! This is a video about the true history behind Rosie the Riveter and women in the workforce!

Wartime Nutrition (1943)

This is a video from World War II discussing the importance of wartime nutrition. It discusses how EVERYONE was involved with this process. In the beginning, it shows the English people and how they rationed food. Then, it discusses the importance of nutrition in America. The video persuades Americans to eat nutritiously during World War II.

In 1945 a Japanese Bomb Exploded in Oregon, Killing Six

This is an article on the Japanese Balloon Bombs. It discusses the only successful Japanese balloon bomb. There was only one bomb that actually killed Americans, and they happened to be five children and their pregnant Sunday school teacher who were on a picnic.

5 Attacks on U.S. Soil During World War II - HISTORY Lists

Many people don't know that there were attempted attacks on US soil during World War II. This history.com reading discusses 5 attacks that happened here on the home front during World War II.

Victory Gardens during World War II

This is a reading on victory gardens in the US. It discusses how many were estimated to have been planted during the time and what items were planted.

Everyday Life During World War II

This is a quick reading on American life during World War II but the reason I "scooped" it was because there are so many pictures on the right side. These pictures detail the many different aspects of life during World War II at home. Each image has a description. I encourage you to read the descriptions!

Rosie the Riveter

It all started that shocking Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, as 183 Japanese warplanes attacked America's Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii. The devastating results were 2,433 deaths, the destruction of 18 U.S. warships and 188 airplanes. The surprise attack left the nation stunned as President Roosevelt called the United States to war.

The Expansion of the U.S. Government and Other Domestic Impacts

"Rosie the Riveter" served as both a symbol of women's contributions to the war effort as well as a call to others to join. America was the largest military power in the world - in theory. The large population, generous natural resources, advanced infrastructure, and solid capital base were all just potential.