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In World War II, the Allies and the Axis countries were in a deadly face off against each other. In their home fronts, the countries needed all the supplies and support they could get. Civilians (many of them were women) were moved from their jobs into factories to make war supplies. The two sides of the war used propaganda to gain more support from their countries and other countries. The propaganda also limited many civil rights for a group of Americans. The Nisei, American citizens from Japanese descent, were getting abused because the propaganda made the Japanese look like enemies to America. The Nisei were later moved to interment camps in the West away from civilization. In the Axis home front, the citizens faced shortages of many items like food, gas and many other necesary supplies. The citizens were forced to support their country and take rationed items they need to live.

The Allied Home Fronts Mobilizing for War

Fighting the war requires complete use of all supplies and power. 17 to 18 million U.S. workers--many of them women--made weapons. People at home face shortages of food and clothes. Propaganda during the war aimed to raise moral. Women were forced to work while their husbands were at war so the could keep their husbands jobs. They also worked for money since their husbands were getting payed very little for the war efforts. Propaganda was used to help with more men and women to join the army to help win this brutal war. Uncle Sam was the most common propaganda poster during that time period. There were also many posters of women working and they were meant for the women that were at home alone with their husbands in the war. They took their husbands jobs so they could get the money to support themselves and their families. Propaganda was the most effective way of making men and women join the Allied and the Axis forces.


8d17405t.gif This is a picture of a woman that is making a new plane for the army to help win the war

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These are some examples of propaganda after Pearl Harbor




War Limits Civil Rights

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government used propaganda that made Japan look like the enemy to the Allies. This also made Americans believe that the Nisei, Americans from Japanese descent, where also enemies to the country. The Nisei faced racial abuse from the Americans. President Franklin D Roosevelt issued an executive order to capture the Nisei and put them in relocation camps in the West. In the camps, the Nisei could join the army, though their families would remain in the camps.

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Axis Powers Home Fronts

In the Axis powers home fronts, citizens faced shortages of food, cloth, wood, rubber, leather, gasoline, oil and many more necessary supplies. The economy of the Axis country was plunging downwards.Citizens were forced to support the war effort, even though they could hate their country. They did this by accepting the rationing on everyday necessities and working constantly in factories. The citizens accepted raised taxes to support the country they live in. Propaganda also played an important role in fueling the war effort. Allied & Axis propaganda was used as motivation for the hard working citizens helping the war effort. It was also used to make other countries support their cause and help them in soldiers and financaly.

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Multiple Choice Question

How did the civilians on the Allied and Axis home fronts contribute to the war?
A) They worked in factories
B) They bought war bonds
C) Their supplies were rationed
D) All the above

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