World War II: The social and economic aspects

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World War II began for the United States on December 7, 1941 in the even of the attack on Pearl Harbor. From teh start, America's economic and social ways were changed. Roosevelt used war bonds, but also raised taxes to pay for the war. That affected the American people immediately. The minorities of America at this time seemed to be affected most of all. THe Japanese Americans were sent to inland camps and kept in barracks enclosed by armed guards. The African Americans were affected in both positive and negative ways. They were placed into work many jobs. Roosevelt created the Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC) to ban hiring discrimination. Also the War Labor Board (WLB) stopped employers from paying higher wages to whites and to make the salaries equal. Labor Organzations grew in size and almost doubled. Although, the African Americans were still not able to join. Women could join, but only for the meantime.

Once the war was over they would be dismissed. More women were joining the workforce adn even the armed forces. They entered into the Air Force, Army and Navy. Some took over men's jobs and worked as miners, factory workers and even welders. Even the married and minority women were introduced into the work place. These major changes during the war started many "norms" for the way the United States' economy and social aspects came into play.

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