As I began this assignment, I was aware of what WWII had been about. Therefore When I started reading “War Production”, I was subconsciously thinking I wouldn 't learn anything I hadn’t already known. I read about Franklin Roosevelt’s speech to congress, stating that we needed an uproar in production of war materials. I was aware of the fact this war produced the most artillery and any war that previously had taken place. Therefore the last few sections of passage took me by surprise, as it stated that WWII had led to an abundance of job opportunities back home. Although that wasn 't the only surprise, I was also taken back at the fact women of almost any race had equal job opportunities in this time of need. World War Two had been many things for the Americans, one of those being a major boost for the economy.
The very first of the three side passages I read came from Daniel Inouye. In his passage he shared that his view of the war was that Americans had acted against the war in a team effort. Another view of the war I collected, came from Tom Ciarlo. Tom described what it was like back home during the war. More specifically, he explained what it was like in Waterbury. Through the use of words, Tom paints a picture of a hustling and bustling city. He did an impeccable job of relaying what Waterbury’s atmosphere had been like at the time. While I read through the first two side passages I got the sense that Americans back home were eager to participate in the war. The final side passage I read was titled “Family “and it explained what the families of the soldiers had been doing back at home. The passage went on to explain ...
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...st of these men’s lives, was when they found out they would be returning to their homes. The passage alone had a sense of accomplishment and relief about it. Better yet reading each of the testimonies about the joy these men felt knowing they had survived a great war gave me goosebumps. I myself could not image what it felt like to finally return to my loved ones whom I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again.
World War Two had been the turning point in how Americans would utilize their efforts. It was said that most of the American population found some way or another to aid the war. Women stepped up and adapted to new roles. While the men set out to win a war! All in all America changed its attitude towards the war and received victory. Many people stated that if it wasn’t for the team effort played out by the Americans, our history books would not read as they do today.
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