The home front played a major role in world war two for America. from women in the factories minorities in the special military branches and propaganda raising profits and materials for the war effort the average American citizen played just as an important role as a solider in world war two.
Women gained rights during this time since all the men were at war. Jobs in the factory were needed to produce different materials for the war such as bullets and tanks document B talks about Rosie the riveter an iconic figure during this time showing women in the factory system. Also during this time the role of entertainment fell on the women leading to the creation of women sports leagues shown in document A by Wilma Briggs talking about her time in the women’s leagues baseball. Women also helped pump the economy by becoming the higher consumers keeping money in circulation spending there new higher wages.
Minorities played a different role at home the Germans and Italian citizens were not persecuted for what their governments were doing. While the Japanese citizens were held in relocation camps since the American citizens assumed they would be spies for their home country. This can be seen from the poem in document D that circulated around the Arizona relocation camps. For African Americans however special units in the army were created document H shows the Tuskegee air man which was an all-African American squad. In the army branch African American squads got the jobs that left them defenseless but protect the other troops the jobs no one wants.
Propaganda played a major role in rallying the people to join the army or in posters such as the one in document F raising funds by buying war bonds or in document G raising materials for the war effort. Propaganda circulated on both sides of the war as seen in document E with German propaganda. Most propaganda was to rally for materials and funds but some was to warn against the enemy such as Walt Disney’s cartoons...