As the American economy was gradually recovering thanks to the New Deal, Roosevelt decided to increase interaction with neighboring countries. When the Second World War began, Roosevelt saw it as an opportunity to increase production and boost America’s economy. During the 1930 to 1940s, the production of munitions greatly increased. The Second World War significantly increased American economic interaction with South America, Great Britain, and Canada. This lead to greater relations between Latin America and a faster victory as U.S. citizens began to see a shift in economic, political, and social ideals.
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World War I was an overall positive experience for the United States and its citizens during the war, but not after. During the war, the nation as a whole experienced an enormous economic boom. The large, rapid economic growth set the stage for labor unrest and a sinking economy after the war. Women and blacks entered the workforce in large numbers because of the 5 million soldiers in the AEF. This was positive during both the war and after because women gained suffrage on August 26, 1920. This was negative for the blacks, after the war, because they lost their jobs-leaving large numbers of unemployed blacks in the cities. The war also forced loyalty from its citizens and created more patriotism. This patriotism, however, was harshly enforced by the CPI and also was part of the nation’s identity crisis, in which many immigrants were targeted for their ethnic ties.
...; The United States wanted to retaliate quickly. In order to do this both people and industry became very important. They were needed to build the airplanes, artilleries, ships, and weapons. This caused massive job growth and manufacturing growth skyrocketing an astounding forty percent. It was thanks to World War II that the United States was able to their Great Depression (hyperhistory.com).
World War II began in 1939, and one definitely can’t say that it was enjoyable. Food was rationed, luxuries were removed, taxes were high and work was dangerous. But the war employed about 16 million people, 22 percent of the pre-war labor force, to work in the military. But that didn’t fully solve the problem, because war is expensive. Funding World War II made the national debt rise from $49 billion in 1941 to about $260 billion in 1945. There’s no evidence that wartime spending restored the labor market to health. So it basically just postponed the recovery of the economy.
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