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Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945
World War Two
Citizen Contributions to the War Effort

Providing supplies to American and Allied troops fighting the war in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific required the efforts of all Americans. At home, citizens contributed to the war effort by rationing consumer goods, recycling materials, purchasing war bonds, and working in war industries. The following photos depict several of these activities. How do you think citizen contributions helped American and Allied troops? What needs did the citizen contributions meet for those who remained on the "home front"?

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scrap paper drive

Scrap Paper Drive, Missouri

scrap iron drive

Scrap Iron Drive, Washington, DC

poster in classroom

War Bonds Poster...in Classroom, Texas

Pearl Harbor widows

Pearl Harbor Widows Carry On..., Texas


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