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World War II: The Home Front


A full-size ration book with stamps, front pages of newspapers, the Declaration of War on Japan, advertisements on conserving fats, a canteen welcome card, documents about labor strikes and prejudice in the workplace, dozens of photos and other documents bring to life the American home front during WWII. Today’s students will enjoy the description of their parent’s experiences as welders who made tanks, students who gathered scrap and citizens who served in the civil defense. The inconsistencies of mistreatment of black and Japanese U. S. Citizens are also included. Historian: David Jeffries. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • The Coming Conflict: America Before Pearl Harbor
  • Pearl Harbor: Galvanizing the Nation
  • Rationing and War Bonds: Daily Life During the War
  • Division in Unity: Internal Conflicts
  • Postwar America: Victory Brings Change
Home Front Timeline: 1929-45 Historical Documents
  • Congressional Record, December 8, 1941.
  • Front page, San Francisco Call Bulletin, December 9, 1941.
  • Citizens’ Defense Manual, Rhode Island Council of Defense.
  • Identification cards for Civil Defense and Aircraft Warning Service.
  • War Production Board on why and how to conserve fats.
  • War Ration Book Four, 1943.
  • Letter from the month meat rationing began, March 1943.
  • Publication, “The Negroes’ Role in the War,” 1943.
  • Letter from National Federation for Constitutional Liberties about race riots in the U.S., July 8, 1943.
  • Issue of The Home Front, Connecticut War Council, February 1943.
  • CIO canteen welcome card.
  • National Munitions Company strike packet, 1943.
  • Case study, Bendix Aviation and workplace prejudice.
  • Newspaper advertisements, 1941 and 1945.
  • Front page, San Francisco Call Bulletin, August 15, 1945.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

Price: $69.50



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